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Jacksonville Historical Society appoints two to board

Nonprofit hires new director of marketing and communications

Published Friday, February 7, 2020



Allison DeFoor



David Jamison


The Jacksonville Historical Society announced the election of two new members to its board of directors. At its January 27, 2020 meeting, the nonprofit unanimously appointed the Rev. Canon Dr. J. Allison DeFoor and David Jamison, Ph.D., to the board. The group also bid farewell to three members who had reached term limits. Leaving the board were Doug Milne, Esq., Harry Reagan, and Dr. Wayne Wood.


DeFoor is an Episcopal priest who serves as Canon to the Ordinary to the Bishop of the Diocese of Florida, seated in Jacksonville. He served as a priest in four prisons in the Tallahassee area and as an assisting priest at Grace Mission, an inner-city mission in Tallahassee.


DeFoor has earned degrees in law, criminology and theology. He has an extensive background in criminal justice, having previously served as a prosecutor, public defender, judge, and as the elected Sheriff of Monroe County. In addition, DeFoor is a former law professor and the founding chair of the Project on Accountable Justice at Florida State University.


Jamison is an assistant professor of history at Edward Waters College, whose doctorate focused on African Diaspora history. In 2019, Jamison completed a set of videotaped interviews of people who have experienced instances of racial violence. The interviews were included in an exhibit, “Legacy of Lynching,” which was on display at the Museum of Science and History.


Other actions taken by the board included the establishing the positions of Historian At Large and Historian In Residence. Wood was named Historian At Large in acknowledgment of his record of service to the Jacksonville Historical Society, his authorship of works of local history, and his sustained engagement with preserving historic Jacksonville. The position of Historian In Residence will be conferred when appropriate to historians working in the field of Jacksonville history.


The JHS also recently created a new position and hired Kate A. Hallock as its first Marketing and Communications Director. Hallock joined the Society in January following seven years as managing editor of the Resident Community News Group. Previously, Hallock worked in marketing and public relations with Rockwell International and Mellon Bank, then cofounded a boutique technology marketing company in Pittsburgh, whose clients included Verizon Wireless and Dick’s Sporting Goods.


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Alan Bliss

Executive Director

Jacksonville Historical Society

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