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The time capsule, discovered in a cavity behind the cornerstone of the old City Hall on East Bay Street, was opened Wednesday.

Old City Hall time capsule ‘gem’ from past

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

The time capsule, discovered in a cavity behind the cornerstone of the old City Hall on East Bay Street, was opened Wednesday.

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Mayor Lenny Curry showed the audience one of the artifacts in the time capsule, a reel of magnetic audio tape. “I’m not sure we can find anything to play this on,” said Mayor Lenny Curry.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

Mayor Lenny Curry showed the audience one of the artifacts in the time capsule, a reel of magnetic audio tape. “I’m not sure we can find anything to play this on,” said Mayor Lenny Curry.

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City Council President Aaron Bowman holding a copy of “The Office,” a circa-1960 municipal government trade publication.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

City Council President Aaron Bowman holding a copy of “The Office,” a circa-1960 municipal government trade publication.

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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

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The time capsule contained photographs of 1960 city officials, including, bottom right, Mayor-Commissioner Haydon Burns.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

The time capsule contained photographs of 1960 city officials, including, bottom right, Mayor-Commissioner Haydon Burns.

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Bowman and Curry read a letter from Haydon Burns, mayor-commissioner in 1960, addressed to “the mayor who opens this time capsule.”

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

Bowman and Curry read a letter from Haydon Burns, mayor-commissioner in 1960, addressed to “the mayor who opens this time capsule.”

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City Council President Aaron Bowman and Mayor Lenny Curry examine a document.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

City Council President Aaron Bowman and Mayor Lenny Curry examine a document.

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A copy of the Oct. 21, 1960 Financial News & Daily Record was one of the items removed from the time capsule.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

A copy of the Oct. 21, 1960 Financial News & Daily Record was one of the items removed from the time capsule.

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City Council President Aaron Bowman looks through items found in a time capsule while Mayor Lenny Curry holds a copy of the 1959 City Annual Financial Report found inside.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

City Council President Aaron Bowman looks through items found in a time capsule while Mayor Lenny Curry holds a copy of the 1959 City Annual Financial Report found inside.

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City Council President Aaron Bowman holds a copy of the city’s statement of issuance of $30 million in revenue bonds for “proposed construction of sewerage, drainage, a new City Hall, Coliseum and Auditorium.”

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

City Council President Aaron Bowman holds a copy of the city’s statement of issuance of $30 million in revenue bonds for “proposed construction of sewerage, drainage, a new City Hall, Coliseum and Auditorium.”

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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

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The city’s 1960 capital improvement plan.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

The city’s 1960 capital improvement plan.

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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

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Mayor Lenny Curry, left, and City Council President Aaron Bowman opened the 58-year-old time capsule recovered from the old county courthouse during a ceremony at City Hall.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

Mayor Lenny Curry, left, and City Council President Aaron Bowman opened the 58-year-old time capsule recovered from the old county courthouse during a ceremony at City Hall.

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People were allowed to closely view the documents. After the ceremony, representtives from the Jacksonville Public Library took custody of the time capsule’s contents.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 |

People were allowed to closely view the documents. After the ceremony, representtives from the Jacksonville Public Library took custody of the time capsule’s contents.

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