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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.


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In the Gallery: Through Our Eyes 2019

The REVOLUTION will be DOCUMENTED by the ARTISTS


September 19, 2019 - June 22, 2020 | This exhibit has been EXTENDED and there is limited time left to view!

This year’s theme challenges participating African American artists to create new works to interpret the concept of Revolution through conventional or non-traditional visual, performance, or mixed media works. Thirty-one national artists explore the universal and undeniable truths which stand the test of time. Whether their inspiration is drawn from personal wellsprings or ignited by the world around them, the artists navigate the converging lines between fact, fiction and fantasy.

Curated by Adonica L. Toler and Lydia P. Stewart


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