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Weekly Challenger Chronology & Tampa Bay African American History Research Guide

Introduction: Digital Weekly Challenger Newspaper Archive

The Weekly Challenger has documented the history of St. Petersburg's African American community since the newspaper was established by Cleveland Johnson Jr. in September 1967.

In 2013 an agreement between the USF Nelson Poynter Memorial Library and the Johnson family allowed the library to become the home for existing print issues of The Weekly Challenger. Since 2016 the library and newspaper have worked in partnership to create the digital Weekly Challenger newspaper archive.

STORYMAPS PAGE ABOUT THE WEEKLY CHALLENGER

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Chronology

Our chronology helps preserve and share historical stories from The Weekly Challenger

It begins with the founding of the newspaper in September 1967, and not only includes the history of The Weekly Challenger, but also the history of St. Petersburg's African-American community.

CHRONOLOGY

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010 - 2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Index


ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY
(ASALH, St. Petersburg, Florida, branch)

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BETHUNE, MARY McLEOD
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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BLACK LIVES MATTER
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and
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CAMPBELL PARK NEIGHBORHOOD
"Campbell Park throughout the years."
By Jon Wilson, The Weekly Challenger, May 1, 2014.
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CHURCHES
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CIVIL RIGHTS
"Hidden History: Civil rights advances, Part 1."
By Jon Wilson, The Weekly Challenger. May 22, 2014.
"Hidden History: Civil rights advances, Part 2."
By Jon Wilson, The Weekly Challenger, May 29, 2014.
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CLARKE, JOHNNIE RUTH  
"A warrior’s legacy continues."
(Johnnie Ruth Clarke, July 28, 1919 - May 15, 1978)
The Weekly Challenger, July 25, 2019.
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COURAGEOUS 12 
"City honors the Courageous 12 with plaque at new police building."  

By Roger Clendening, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 1, 2019.
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DAVIS, ENOCH D.  
"Enoch Davis Center Celebrates 25 Years Of Service." (Print version only)
By Sharon T. Melville, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 21, 2006.
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DAVIS, GOLIATH
"Exclusive Interview With Police Chief Goliath Davis." (Print version only)
By I.W. Williams, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 11, 1999, page 1.
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DAVIS, VYRLE
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THE DEUCES (22nd Street South)
"Life on Deuces back when."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, Apr. 26, 2018.
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DONALDSON, JOHN & ANNA GERMAIN
"Commemorating 150 years of black history in Pinellas County."
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 29, 2018.
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DOWNING , ALVIN J. ‘AL’
I AM: Alvin J. ‘Al’ Downing.”
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 16, 2017.
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EDUCATION
Education in early St. Pete.”
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Mar. 22, 2018.
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FIGGS-SANDERS, DEBORAH
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FILLYAU, ERNEST
Ernest Fillyau: He Paved the Way for So Many Others.”  (Print version only)
By Tracie Reddick, The Weekly Challenger, Apr. 14, 2005, page 1. 

FOSTER, WINNIE
90 years young & vibrant.”
(This story is about an event honoring Winnie Foster’s 90th birthday.)
By Allen A. Buchanan, The Weekly Challenger, July 20, 2017.
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GAS PLANT NEIGHBORHOOD (TROPICANA FIELD)
"Residents still unsatisfied with the Tropicana redevelopment plan."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 14, 2018.
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GIBBS HIGH SCHOOL
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HOPKINS, JOHN
I AM: John Hopkins, Sr.
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 18, 2018.
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HURSTON, ZORA NEALE
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INTEGRATION
Integration in St. Pete.”
By Frank Drouzas, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 22, 2018.
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INTERSTATE 275
"Underpass project brightens the Deuces gateway."
By Jeffrey Zanker, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 3, 2017.
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JAMERSON, DOUGLAS
"Capital Action." (Print version only)  
By Florida Legislature Representative Douglas Jamerson.
The Weekly Challenger, May 14, 1983, page 3.  
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JONES, NORMAN
I AM: Norman E. Jones, Sr.”
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 28, 2017.  
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JOHNSON, CLEVELAND
"The Weekly Challenger turns 50!"
By Lyn Johnson, The Weekly Challenger, print edition, Sep. 21, 2017. (Posted online Sep. 22, 2017.)  
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JORDAN, ELDER
"The life and legacy of Elder Jordan."
By Holly Kestenis, The Weekly Challenger, June 12, 2014.
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JORDAN PARK NEIGHBORHOOD
"Jordan Park Over the Years."
By Jon Wilson, The Weekly Challenger, April 17, 2014.
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KING, JR. MARTIN LUTHER
"Selma To Montgomery 25 Years." (Print version only)
By Benjamin F. Chavis, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 13, 1990, page 4.
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LYNCHINGS
"I AM John Evans."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, July 12, 2018.
"John Evans was lynched at Ninth Street (now Dr. Martin Luther King Street) and Second Avenue South on Tuesday, November 12, 1914."
and
"I AM Parker Watson."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, July 19, 2018.
"Parker Watson was lynched at the hands of a group of armed men wearing masks after being taken from three police officers on the evening of May 9, 1926."
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McLIN, OLIVE BEATRICE  
"I AM: A person with a building named after me, part 2."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, May 2, 2019.
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McRAE, PAUL
"Dr. Paul McRae: A Man of Excellence."
By Dexter McCree, The Weekly Challenger, Oct. 4, 2019.
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MANHATTAN CASINO
"I AM: The Manhattan Casino, part I."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, May 25, 2019.
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MERCY HOSPITAL
"Mercy Hospital and its pioneering physicians."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 2, 2018.
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METHODIST TOWN
"Our communities."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 28, 2019.
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MUSIC
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PECK, ROSALIE  
I AM: Rosalie Peck.”
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Apr. 19, 2018.
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PERKINS, GEORGE W.  
"I AM: George W. Perkins."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 30, 2017.
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PETERMAN, PEGGY
"Minister Peggy M. Peterman." (Print version only)
The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 29, 1998, page 1.  
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PONDER, FANNYE AYER
"Fannye Ayer Ponder: Her story lives on."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, June 14, 2018.
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PONDER, JAMES MAXIE
"Mercy Hospital and its pioneering physicians, part 2."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 13, 2018.
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PROTESTS
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REESE, GWENDOLYN
"I Am" Historical Columns Archive.
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, 2017 - Present. 
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ROUSON, DARRYL
"Dr. W. Ervin Rouson Honored."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, July 16, 2015.
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ROYAL THEATER
"A gem on the Deuces."
By Ian MacCallum, The Weekly Challenger, July 3, 2014.
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ST. PETERSBURG AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE TRAIL
"The Heritage Trail three-day festival."  
By Holly Kestenis, The Weekly Challenger, October 16, 2014.
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ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE
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SANDERLIN, JAMES B.
"James Sanderlin Takes His Second District Court Post." (Print version only)  
(1986 photographs)
The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 8, 1986, page 17.  
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SAVAGE, JOE
"I AM Joseph E. Savage."
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 24, 2018.
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SCOTT, TERRI LIPSEY
Stories that mention Terri Lipsey Scott.
The Weekly Challenger, Various dates.  
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SPORTS
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TOMALIN, KANIKA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA 
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URBAN LEAGUE
"PCUL Celebrates 41 Years of Empowering the Community."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 13, 2018.
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WELCH, DAVID
"Celebrating One of St. Pete's Legends."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, Oct. 4, 2018.

WELCH, KEN
"Honored as Family of the Year at 2017 Men & Women Distinction Awards."
By Joyce Nanette Johnson, The Weekly Challenger, Apr. 20, 2017.
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WELLS, IDA B. 
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WHEELER-BOWMAN, LISA
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WILLIAMS, TONJUA
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WIMBISH, C. BETTE
"Civil rights trailblazer memorialized."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, July 20, 2017.
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WIMBISH, RALPH
"Baseball & the Segregated South."
By Jon Wilson, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 27, 2014.  
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WOODSON MUSEUM
"Woodson Museum moves to Commerce Park with city’s $1 million pledge."
By Roger K. Clendening, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 14, 2019.
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YESHITELA, OMALI
Yeshitela vs. the mural.”
By Allen A. Buchanan and Carla Bristol, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 5, 2017.
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SEE ALSO:

ST. PETERSBURG AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY RESOURCES

TAMPA AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY RESOURCES

FLORIDA AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY RESOURCES