Located in the Ritz Theater, the LaVilla museum is a living legacy that connects us to our past through images, objects and information that has been carefully handed down through many generations.
It is a work-in-progress – growing and thriving from the care and nurturing people who cherish the past and have faith in the future. It is a labor of love – constructed piece by piece by hands that used and saved and donated every item on display or in our inventory for use later. It is as humble as a patchwork quilt made from bits and pieces of our lives and as elegant as the finest tapestry woven from costly thread.
The museum houses a permanent exhibit of the history of African Americans in northeast Florida. It replicates scenes of everyday life, documents the past with photographs and artifacts and features a special presentation on native sons James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson called Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing.
The gallery is spacious and features a wide variety of exhibits, including fine art collections, folk art, local art, and history exhibitions throughout the year. As well as educations programs for children and schools.
The Woolworth counter and stools where Civil Rights sit-in demonstrations were held.
The Harlem of the South: Back when there was life and buildings on Ashley Street.
James Weldon Johnson tells his life story, including a segment about growing up in Jacksonville.
Museum Hours & Admission
Hours of Operation:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Adults - $6.00
Children & Seniors - $3.00
Groups of 25 or more - $5.00 for Adults
$3.00 for children & seniors