January 17, 2022

Brewster Nurses Gallery Grand Opening will be held on Thursday, January 20 at the former Brewster Hospital which is now the headquarters of North Florida Land Trust. The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 834 West Monroe St.

The gallery exhibit was curated by the Brewster Nurses and Community Alumni Association and features photographs, documents and other memorabilia that showcase the history of Brewster Hospital. Brewster was built in 1885 and was Jacksonville’s first hospital for African Americans and a training school for nurses.

The building was moved to its current location at the corner of Monroe and Davis Streets in 2005 and the city made some improvements to the property in 2007. After doing extensive renovations, NFLT moved into the building in 2019 and designated a room on the first floor to serve as a memorial to the history of Brewster Hospital and for use as a meeting room for the Brewster Hospital Nurses Association.

After the grand opening celebration, the Brewster Nurses Gallery can be visited by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except on holidays when the building will be closed. Visitors can call (904) 479-1967 to schedule an appointment.

About North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing quality of life by protecting North Florida’s irreplaceable natural environment. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through the donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements.  NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations.