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Ritz Museum

Permanent Collection: Lift Ev’ry Voice

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 Clara 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 Ellie L. 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: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION, SCHEDULING TOURS AND PROGRAM UPDATES CALL 904.807.2010

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In the Gallery: Through Our Eyes 2018

Celebrating 25 Years, Journey to South Africa, A Cultural Exchange: Struggle and Resistance


February 3, 2018 - June 8, 2018

This year's 'Through Our Eyes' theme is "Journey to South Africa: A Cultural Exchange." It's a collaboration between Jacksonville African American artists and artists from our Sister City, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, addressing the subject of Struggle and Resistance.
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PHOTO BY MICHELLE CALLOWAY
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