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History of Jacksonville, FL: Clara White Mission and Eartha White Museum

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Clara White Mission and Eartha White Museum

The Clara White Mission, located at 613 West Ashley Street, is best known for its food program, although the Mission has been home to many other social service programs throughout the years. A separate facility on the 2nd floor of the mission currently serves as a museum to its founder, Eartha White. 








Image Courtesy J. Grey, CC BY NC

About Eartha White

Read a brief biography of Eartha White here. You must be logged into the Library through myFSCJ to access this content.



Photo of Eartha White with her mother Clara White, circa 1910. Photo courtesy of the Florida Memory Project.

Interview with Eartha White Museum Director Pat Bell

In October of 2018, Prof. Isaac Brown's Digital Media class interviewed Pat Bell, director of the Eartha White Museum, about the importance of White and her mission to the city's history. This video is the final project of one of the students in the class.

Clara White Mission and Building

The current mission was dedicated at 1947 (below).  See more images  from the dedication here.

The Mission's Mission

Only a year after opening, the Mission produced its first issue of The Friend, a newsletter dedicated to the the Mission's cause and the social problems it was attempting to address. It includes a review of the Mission's first year and its accomplishments, and can be read here