The Ritz Museum connects and celebrates our rich African American heritage through the stories of some of our greatest Floridians. Listen to Jacksonville’s native sons, James Weldon and John Rosamond Johnson tell you how their song Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing became the African American National Anthem. Peek into Eartha M. M. White’s Mission. Feel the vibe of the “Harlem of the South” nightclub in the 1940’s. Find your relative or neighbor in the society photographs of Ed Weems. Experience a sit in at the Woolworth’s counter as the Civil Rights Protestors did in the 1960’s.
Reflecting on the triumphs and tribulations in our past guides our own personal stories and gives us a road map for our collective future. Please join us on our path of discovery.
Museum Hours: T – F, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Shades of Greatness is the first collaborative art exhibition inspired by the history of Negro Leagues Baseball. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) developed this exhibition to reveal a new understanding of this fascinating subject.
Many historians and baseball fans have come to understand the importance of the Negro Leagues to American history. Many artists, too, have been inspired by this history and have chosen the subject as a muse. However, the museum has had limited space and resources to help foster the growing interest of artist through exhibitions or other means. Shades of Greatness was created to help meet this need and bolster a more creative understanding of this history both “on and off the playing field”.
The NLBM drafted a select group of local and national artists and gave them a detailed orientation to Negro Leagues history. Shades of Greatness is the final result of their research and creativity. Close to 35 pieces of original art is now part of the museum collection.
At the Ritz Museum from September 19 through October 9.
“I grew up in North Carolina and attended camp meetings each year with my family. At that time I thought that everyone knew about camp meetings. In 1996, I returned to the tradition as an adult and soon realized that this tradition had unique roots in various regions across the United States. Each year since 2001, I have returned to 7 campgrounds in both North and South Carolina to record camp meetings through oral interviews, photography, and video footage.
My black and white photographs are accompanied by text panels that give the viewer additional information about camp meetings and also brings recognition to the camp participants, most of whom grew up in the tradition. I soon realized how important this documentation would be for the young children on the grounds.
My journey continues……” – Minuette Floyd
This Far by Faith is at the Ritz Museum September 2016-December 31,2016.