Oral History of LaVilla Being Collected for Upcoming Musical

Shown above right, film maker Emanuel Washington holds the microphone to chronicle the oral history of author Mildred Murrell as JuCoby Pittman, Camilla Thompson, Emma Martin and Robin Murrell look on.
Shown above right, film maker Emanuel Washington holds the microphone to chronicle the oral history of author Mildred Murrell as JuCoby Pittman, Camilla Thompson, Emma Martin and Robin Murrell look on.
Shown above right, film maker Emanuel Washington holds the microphone to chronicle the oral history of author Mildred Murrell as JuCoby Pittman, Camilla Thompson, Emma Martin and Robin Murrell look on.

The  Ritz Theatre and LA Villa Museum brought together a diverse gathering of community citizens who heeded the call to share memories about their experiences living and growing up in historic LaVilla. The purpose of the gathering was to begin collecting oral histories of those who actually lived in the Black mecca known to be the ‘Harlem of the South”.  The stories will be featured in the documentary and theatrical production, “On Ashley Street.”  This production is the brainchild of Emmanuel Washington and Maxie Coleman for their second collaboration after much acclaim from “We Remember Raines”, which chronicled the legacy of Raines High School .

The morning was filled with questions and answers about what made living in La Villa so special.  The information gathered will be taken by a creative team of writers/ lyricist and musicians to create the production which is set to debut in late 2015. A few key people in attendance that helped to fill in the missing gaps of history were Camilla Thompson, Mildred Murrell, Nathaniel Pickett, Priscilla Williamson, Sharon Hoffman, Betty Bradwell, Padrica Mendez, Dr. Yvonne Hicks, Dr. Robert Mitchell and JuCoby Pittman.

For more information or if you have a contribution contact Mr. Washington at (904) 465-6891.

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