• Visit landmarks  like the Ritz Theater to get in touch with Jacksonville's multicultural past.
    The Ritz Theater

    See how the African-American community has shaped Jax history.

    Visit landmarks like the Ritz Theater to get in touch with Jacksonville's multicultural past. Learn More

  • Learn about Florida's antebellum history by touring the fully-restored homestead and buildings of an old Florida plantation home.
    Kingsley Plantation

    Kingsley Plantation is the oldest residential home in Jacksonville.

    Learn about Florida's antebellum history by touring the fully-restored homestead and buildings of an old Florida plantation home. Learn More

  • Visit museums and historic sites that shaped Jacksonville's past. Find out more about multicultural attractions.
    Ritz Theatre & Museum

    Get in touch with Jacksonville's multicultural history.

    Visit museums and historic sites that shaped Jacksonville's past. Find out more about multicultural attractions. Learn More

  • More than 30 nations represent their cultures through food, crafts, music, and more at this downtown celebration in May.
    Jacksonville World of Nations

    Travel internationally, without leaving Florida.

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Multicultural Jacksonville

Explore Jacksonville's diverse heritage through its history.

Explore Jacksonville's diverse heritage through its history.

Jacksonville’s past is a rich tapestry of diverse cultures and traditions. Don’t miss these multicultural neighborhoods and landmarks on your visit to Jax! Visit our self-guided tour of Jacksonville's African-American History.

For more information about Northeast Florida’s multicultural history and landmarks review the Jacksonville's African-American Heritage Guide or learn more about Florida’s African-American Heritage Trail.

The Ritz Theater & Museum

Built in 1929 and still operating today, the art deco Ritz Theater was a cornerstone for African-American culture in Jacksonville. The theater is located in Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood on the northwest side of downtown, which was once known as “The Harlem of the South.” Tour the theater and the 11,000 square foot museum for a glimpse into Jacksonville’s multicultural past. 

Clara White Museum

Tour the Clara White Museum, also in the LaVilla neighborhood, to learn about the lives of Clara and her daughter Dr. Eartha White. Clara English White was a former slave who fed hungry neighbors from her home. Today her legacy lives on in the Clara White Mission, a community center which feeds more than 10,000 homeless men, women, and children per year. 

Kingsley Plantation

Walk through the buildings and grounds of Jacksonville's oldest residential home, Kingsley Plantation. Explore the preserved slave quarters, barn, plantation house, kitchen house, and garden, all located amidst the beautiful wetlands of the Timucuan Preserve. Free admission.

American Beach

See where African-American families came in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s to relax by the ocean. Founded in 1935 by Florida’s first black millionaire, Abraham Lincoln Lewis, American Beach on the south end of Amelia Island, was the state’s first African-American resort community.

If you are looking for more history about Jacksonville, we have it right here.



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