Learn about the early days of silent films and motion pictures. In the 1920s, Eagle Film City was purchased by Richard Norman and soon became Norman Studios. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, this studio rivaled the great Hollywood studios and was among the nation’s first to produce films starring all African American casts with protagonists in positive roles.
In addition to original movie theatre posters, and original film equipment used during the silent film era by Richard Norman, a focal point of the exhibit is The Flying Ace, a silent film inspired by the life of Bessie Coleman (the first licensed African American female pilot, and famed stunt pilot). Visitors can watch the film within the context of this exhibit. This exhibit will take you on a nostalgic journey back to the 1920s, and dovetails with the Cade’s new museum-wide theme of Aviation (from May 29th – July 7th) and its Optics, Film & Photography theme (from July 10th – August 18th).
Join us to learn how film and moviemaking began, and how this important art form has advanced over the past 100 years.
This exhibit is currently on display upstairs in the museum until August 18th, 2019.