Museum

St. Augustine Is Recommended as the Home for the Florida Museum of Black History

  Words by Taylor Brown On May 2 the Florida Museum of Black History Task Force announced St. Augustine as its recommendation for the location of the state’s upcoming exhibit. The task force panel required proposals for the planning, construction, operation and administration of the museum from qualifying cities in Florida. The museum’s location has been in debate since Governor Ron DeSantis signed it into law last May. The state’s concern is perpetual funding and leaders are delegating the decision to find the best contending city that can fund and sustain the museum long term.  St. Augustine proposes itself as …

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“Nothing beats a failure but a try” Dr. Shaun Powell and the Ritz Writers 

Words by Mallory Pace   “Nothing beats a failure but a try,” echoed the words of Shaun Powell throughout the lobby of the Ritz Theatre and Museum. She had just finished giving me a grand tour of the intricate museum halls, backstage, VIP areas and all, providing historical and detailed information about each sector as we walked.    “What’s funny is,” Powell said over her shoulder, “I don’t even work here! I just kept showing up until they gave me a desk.”    Powell earned her doctorate from St. Thomas Christian University in Christian counseling, but one of her passions …

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The Age of Armor Exhibit

Words by Ambar Ramirez   As a little girl, I dreamed a knight in shining armor would save me from my one-story apartment and whisk me away on his white horse. But, of course, that’s a fairy tale, except that knights in shining armor very much existed. They just weren’t saving princesses from tall towers (and they probably didn’t own white horses).    On Oct. 21, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens revealed its newest exhibition to the public. As part of “The Age of Armor”: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum, visitors can …

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The Rich History of the Ritz

Jay Mafela Located in LaVilla, the Ritz Theatre and Museum is not only a gorgeous venue for concerts and theatrical productions but also serves as a tribute to the lives and contributions of local African-Americans. The Ritz stands on the same spot as the movie theater of the same name built in 1929. At the time, LaVilla was considered by many to be the “Harlem of the South,” attracting performers including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and a young Ray Charles. The original building was eventually torn down with the new Ritz opening in 1999. Today, it …

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