University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Weekly Challenger African American Digital Newspaper Archive and Research Guide

Tampa African American History Resources

USF Libraries African American Experience in Florida (AAE) online portal.

USF TAMPA CAMPUS LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

DIGITAL HERITAGE AND HUMANITIES COLLECTIONS, USF LIBRARIES (DHHC)

3D Model: Jackson Rooming House in downtown Tampa
and
Video: Jackson Rooming House in downtown Tampa
"The Jackson Rooming House in downtown Tampa, Florida is the last of an era of homes used as segregated boarding structures for African Americans before the 1965 Civil Rights Act. The Jackson house is/was located close to the thriving Black business district and nightlife areas in Tampa, and was adjacent to the Union Station. Many famous performers like Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald are said to have stayed at the house....This 3D pointcloud is from a terrestrial laser scanner and drone heritage survey project, was undertaken by the DHHC USF Libraries and the Tampa Bay History Center."

"The Jackson Rooming House Remembered and Re-envisioned."
The history and future of the last-remaining African American boarding house in Tampa.
By Eric Koenig, MA, Graduate Student Researcher, Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections (DHHC) and Lori Collins, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Co-Director, DHHC, Feb. 19, 2021.

TAMPA HISTORICAL: USF STUDENT & FACULTY WEB EXHIBIT

"Dobyville: The forgotten Black Tampa community."
By Harley Sharpton.

"Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza: A Testament to Change."
By Kaley Dovale, Kent Sandow and Meghan Pommier.

"Ernest Boger: The first African-American student at USF."
By Asahi Hossain, Casey Thieryung and Chip Cox.

USF INSTITUTE ON BLACK LIFE
 

USF Institute on Black Life.
University of South Florida.

2021 Institute on Black Life Conference.
(Past Conferences)
Institute on Black Life, University of South Florida.

The African American Neighborhood Project.
Institute on Black Life, University of South Florida.
"In 2012, with support from USF’s Office of Community Engagement, IBL initiated a project that explores diverse perspectives on Tampa’s African American neighborhoods."

Anti-Racist Resources.
Institute on Black Life, University of South Florida.

SEE ALSO:
Diversity and Inclusion at USF Libraries.

FLORIDA SENTINEL-BULLETIN NEWSPAPER

TAMPA-HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL RESOURCES
  


African American History & Genealogy Library
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library

Florida History & Genealogy Library
John F. Germany Public Library

Florida Sentinel Bulletin Collection
C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library

"New digitally produced sculpture celebrates African American history in Tampa Bay."
University of South Florida, September 16, 2020.
Excerpt:
"The location and timing of the project are significant to the artist. Located within Tampa’s College Hill neighborhood, a historically African American community, the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library is named after the former owner-publisher of the Florida Sentinel Bulletin, a pioneering publication dedicated to informing and uplifting African American communities across the Tampa Bay region and the state."

TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER

Video: Blanche Armwood.
TBHC docent and walking tour guide, Ersula Odom, talks about Blanche Armwood, a pioneer in the history of Florida African American history.
Tampa Bay History Center, February 2021.

Video: Tampa's Central Avenue and "The Scrub."
"Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez discusses the history and resiliancy of Tampa's Black business district along Central Avenue, and 'The Scrub' neighborhood just northeast of downtown Tampa."
Tampa Bay History Center, April 2021.

Video: "Remembering Robert W. Saunders, Sr."
Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, June 2021.

TAMPA BAY TIMES ARTICLES

"Art provides a rare glimpse at Tampa’s historic Black neighborhoods."
By Paul Guzzo, The Tampa Bay Times, Feb. 23, 2021.

WUSF

VIDEOS, AUDIO & ONLINE EXHIBITS

Online Exhibit: “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay,” Florida Holocaust Museum, 2020.
Tampa history
St. Petersburg history
Sarasota history

RELATED RESOURCES

REACHUP, Inc.
The mission of Tampa, Florida's REACHUP, Inc. (Respond, Educate, Advocate, & Collaborate for Health in Underserved Populations) is to advocate for and mobilize resources to help communities achieve equality in healthcare and positive health for families.
Organizational Vision: The vision of REACHUP, Inc. is to be known as a nationally recognized center of excellence, assisting in creating a community where there is equality in healthcare and health for all families.
Community Vision: Everybody being healthy. Everyone having the opportunity to achieve good health.

BOOKS

Brady, Rowena Ferrell. Things Remembered: An Album of African Americans in Tampa.
Tampa: University of Tampa Press, 1997.  

Brown, Canter. African Americans on the Tampa Bay Frontier. 
Tampa: Tampa Bay History Center, 1997.

----. Genealogical Records of the African American Pioneers of Tampa and Hillsborough County.
Tampa: Tampa Bay History Center, 2000.

Mitchell, Mozella G. African American Religious History in Tampa Bay.
Tampa: National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1992.

Odom, Ersula Knox. African Americans of Tampa.
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 

Saunders, Robert W., Sr. Bridging the Gap: Continuing the Florida NAACP Legacy of Harry T. Moore, 1952-1966
Tampa: University of Tampa Press, 2000.