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kreger

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Black History Museum
« on: February 11, 2013, 08:38:19 PM »
I know I'm new, but why is there no Black History Museum in this city?

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Re: Black History Museum
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 08:44:08 PM »
There are two.

The La Villa Museum and the Durkeeville Historical Museum.
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Re: Black History Museum
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 08:45:42 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVilla_Museum

The LaVilla Museum is a museum of African American history and culture located in the 1929 Ritz Theater in Jacksonville, Florida. The museum opened in 1999.[1]

The museum documents the culture and history of people of African descent (most slaves, some free, and not all Americans) in northeast Florida prior to that territory's entry as a U.S. state in 1845, as well as LaVilla neighborhood of downtown Jacksonville (which was once a large and thriving African American community).[2] LaVilla was home to so many poets, artists, musicians, authors, and playwrights that it was known as "the Harlem of the South".[3] The Ritz Theatre is one of the few remaining buildings in the LaVilla neighborhood.[4] Although most of the 600-seat theatre was razed in the 1990s, the northwest corner is original to the building.[5]

The highlight of the museum tour are two animatronic representations of James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, LaVilla natives who composed the famous American Civil Rights Movement song, Lift Every Voice and Sing.[6] Rooms in the building evoke African American life throughout the 20th century by recreating a typical home living room, a Christian church, a barber shop, and a school room.[2]

http://www.ritzjacksonville.com/museum/
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Re: Black History Museum
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2013, 08:48:40 PM »

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Re: Black History Museum
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 05:16:48 PM »
^^Thanks for the info. I will go check it all out. I have to say I'm really surprised that more isn't made from all this. If Norman Studios, La Villa, and Durkeeville teamed up I'd guess there might be a bigger picture or more of a draw.

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Re: Black History Museum
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 10:22:16 PM »
^^Thanks for the info. I will go check it all out. I have to say I'm really surprised that more isn't made from all this. If Norman Studios, La Villa, and Durkeeville teamed up I'd guess there might be a bigger picture or more of a draw.

I agree. There has to be something that can be done to bring more attention. The Clara White mission also has a tour and somewhat of a museum also. (which a just found out recently) Things of this nature are resources that should be leveraged. Im not sure if its lack of effective marketing or what, but more definately needs to be done. Especially since this stuff is pretty much downtown.
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