Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Norman Silent Film Studios
Norman purchased the former Eagle Film City property in Arlington, Florida, in 1922. Recognizing the need and market for non-derogatory films for African-American audiences, Norman Film Manufacturing Company produced full-length adventure films featuring all-black casts using professionally-trained actors. At a time when blacks were stereotyped and demeaned in mainstream movies, in Norman's films, black characters were heroes and heroines, leaders and lovers.
Several of Norman's films were shot at his Arlington location, including Regeneration and the Flying Ace. The only known surviving Norman film, The Flying Ace starred Lawrence Criner and Kathryn Boyd, two of the leading black actors of their day, and was touted as "the greatest airplane thriller ever filmed," though all airplane scenes were shot on the ground using a prop plane. The Bull-Dogger,
Norman continued to make feature films through 1928, ultimately inventing a system that synchronized sound with moving images. He had sold fewer than 20 units when a competitor introduced a sound-on-film system that made Norman's invention obsolete. Norman continued his film career, however, producing industrial films and distributing other producers' works until his death in 1960.
Erected 2009 by A grant from Comcast through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 30° 20.019′ N, 81° 35.614′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is at the intersection of Arlington Road and Westdale Drive, on the right when traveling west on Arlington Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6327 Arlington Road, Jacksonville FL 32211, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jacksonville And The Movie Industry (here, next to this marker); Frederick W. Bruce (approx. 0.2 miles away); Millers Creek (approx. 2.8 miles away); "Mother" Midway A.M.E. Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Mungen House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home (approx. 3.3 miles away); Site of Cow Ford (approx. 3.6 miles away); Duval County's First Court (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
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