Exploring the LaVilla MuseumMarch 26, 2009 9 comments Print Article
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.
A tribute to former Jacksonville resident and Civil Rights leader, Philip Randolph.
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
For more information: http://www.coj.net/Departments/Ritz+Theatre+and+La+Villa+Museum/LaVilla+Museum.htm
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