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African American Athletics Exhibit Debuts at the Ritz

June 29, 2011
The Ritz Theatre and Museum will host a press conference to announce the debut of its newest exhibit, “More Than a Game: African American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975.”
WHEN:          Thurs., June 30, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE:       TheRitz Theatre and Museum
                       829 N. Davis St. – 32202
Officially set to open to the public July 1, the exhibit features much of the untold history of Jacksonville’s African American athletes who played sports locally and beyond during the time of segregation. Hundreds of donated photographs, documents and personal memorabilia (including “Bullet” Bob Hayes’ track shoes worn in the 1964 Olympics) will allow visitors to take a look back at the legendary coaches, outstanding players and great events, like the incomparable East-West Classic football game held each year on Thanksgiving Day. The exhibit celebrates the excitement and participation of the entire African American community that supported student achievement both on the field and in the classroom. View the printable ad.
For additional information, call The Ritz Theatre and Museum at (904) 632-5555 or visit