Tampa Heritage Sites
DESCRIPTION: Step back in time in a Latin Quarter once called “The Cigar Capital of the World,” where 12,000 master tabaqueros once hand-rolled 700 million cigars a year; the cigar industry created a cultural collage where Spaniards, Italians, Jews, Germans, African Americans, Afro-Cubans and Spanish Cubans worked and socialized together prior to laws in 1904; many of the Ybor City social clubs still stand; the buildings were elegant testaments to the prosperity of the era with brick and stone edifices, marble columns, wrought iron balconies and grand stairways; today Ybor City attracts artists-in-residence, creating Bohemian atmosphere in this National Historic Landmark District.
ADDRESS: bounded by Nuccio Parkway, I-4 Freeway, North 26th Street and Adamo Drive MAP
La Union Marti-Maceo Building
DESCRIPTION: A modest white stucco building first opened to serve Afro-Cubans who were excluded from Cuban mutual aid societies when a Florida law passed in 1904; Cut off from the Spanish Cubans by state law and local customs Afro-Cubans formed La Union Marti-Maceo and built a two-story clubhouse with a theatre, dance hall, meeting rooms and steel-girded porch in 1908. In 1965 the Afro-Cuban club was demolished in the misguided name of Urban Renewal, but in the 1980s the club was relocated to a warehouse on 7th Ave and 14th Street in Ybor City National Historic District.
ADDRESS: 1226 East 7th Ave MAP
St. Peter Claver School
DESCRIPTION: Opened 1894 as a school for Black children. It is the oldest still functioning school of its type in the region.
ADDRESS: 1401 Governor Street MAP
St. Paul AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Built between 1906 and 1917; civil rights leaders met here in the 1950s and 60s to organize marches, sit-ins and freedom rides; still a vibrant force for good in the community.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:30a
ADDRESS: 506 East Harrison Street, Tampa, FL MAP
Mount Zion AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Aside from tending to the needs of the immediate community, this church is the annual host to nine Black Greek organizations at Greek Day.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:30a
ADDRESS: 7401 Kissimmee Street, Tampa, FL MAP
Beulah Baptist Institutional Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1865 when a group of Negroes recently freed from slavery, withdrew from First Baptist Church of Tampa to organize their own church. Today, it remains a dynamic church in the community.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 9:45a
ADDRESS: 1006 Cypress Street, Tampa, FL MAP
The Anointed Eye News
Serving the Christian community of Manatee-Sarasota-Pinellas Counties; Palmetto, FL
PHONE: 888-990-1490 or 941-722-0449
Florida Sentinel Bulletin
Weekly Black newspaper; 2207 21st Avenue, Tampa, FL
308 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Suite C, Tampa, FL
Tampa Urban League
1405 Tampa Park Plaza, Tampa, FL