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Royal Theater in St. Petersburg



St. Petersburg, FL

Royal Theater
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1948, in the heart of St. Petersburg's Black community, this 700-seat movie house was built in the Quonset Hut style; along with
the long-demolished Park and the Harlem Theaters, it was theonly two movie theater catering to African Americans during Segregation; the theater closed in 1966, but underwent a major renovation in 2003 to now house the Southside Boys and Girls Club, Youth Dancers, a recording studio, Royal Theater plays and short films; it remains the cultural heart of the 22nd Street South Black community

ADMISSION: varies during special performances, otherwise donations welcome
DAYS & HOURS: daily

ADDRESS: 1011 22nd Street South  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE: 727-327-6556


Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum
DESCRIPTION: Recently opened and named for the founder of Negro History Week and Black History Month presents traveling and permanent exhibits on African-american women in Florida history; its collection covers the history of St. Petersburg’s Black community and also hosts traveling exhibitions; perhaps the most soulful event here is the community-based oral history program; the Legacy Garden at the museum is a sprawling vista complete with magnolias, a flowing fountain, a rose garden and brick pathways

ADMISSION: donations welcome
DAYS & HOURS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday / 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

ADDRESS: 2240 Ninth Ave. South  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE: 727-323-1104


Tampa, FL

Ybor City State Museum
DESCRIPTION: Focuses on the heritage of Ybor City; features exhibits on on Vicente Martinez Ybor, the area's founding and history of Ybor City, the cigar industry, the historical social clubs; housed in the Ferlita Bakery building by the Ferlita family, Italian immigrants who established the business in 1896; though most of the museum reflects the Spanish-centric Cuban to America heritage many of those Cuban immigrants were of mixed African descent; one expression of the mixed culture is the "La Casita" shotgun house recreated as a cigar worker's home at the turn of the century; shotgun houses near the museum were commonly built by descendants of Africans in the Americas; located in Ybor City State Historic Park

ADMISSION: Adults $3; Age 5 and under enter FREE
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a–5p

ADDRESS: 818 East Ninth Ave  MAP

PARKING: metered parking across from Centennial Park and at the Centro Ybor Parking Garage on East 5th Avenue

PHONE: 813-247-6323


Bradenton, FL

Family Heritage House
DESCRIPTION: Located in at Manatee Community College, it contains decades of local news clippings and archives, including local church history, biographical information,  video library, and a children's room; Harmie Davis Baker Research Room is filled with a variety of books and displays; over the years it has presented a collection of artwork and memorabilia exploring historical and contemporary ideas about stereotypes in the Black community

ADMISSION: donations welcome
Tue-Thu 11a-6p and Sat by appt

ADDRESS: 5840 26th Street West  MAP

PARKING: on street

PHONE: 813-752-5319


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