Shine On mural by Taj Francis

Shine On mural by Taj Francis; photo credit St. Petersburg-Clearwater CVB

St. Petersburg Cultural Sites

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 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, St. Petersburg, FL MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 727-327-6556
WEBSITE: https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/listing.a0t40000007qvOIAAY.html

Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum
DESCRIPTION: 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 Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 727-323-1104
WEBSITE: https://woodsonmuseum.org

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