Norman Studios bears silent witness to race film era
Norman Studios, already on the National Register of Historic Places, is angling for recognition as a historic landmark by the National Park Service, which only makes sense – it’s one of the last silent-movie film studios left standing.
But there is more to Norman’s history than just a bunch of buildings where early filmmakers cranked out silents. Norman Studios, founded in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1920 by Richard Norman, a Jewish man, made “race films” – movies starring African Americans produced almost exclusively for African American audiences.
A nonprofit group is working to restore the... read more
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