African American Experience in Florida
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Booker T. Washington High School

Excelsior:  the senior class annual of Booker T. Washington High School.  Floridiana Collection, USF Libraries – Tampa Special Collections, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.  The first graduating class (1927)…

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The African American Burial Ground & Remembering Project

The African American Burial Ground Project (AABGP) aims to recover and re-interpret African-American cemeteries in Florida. Learn about the project through oral history interviews and a timeline of African-American cemeteries in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Black Women Anti-Violence Activists Display at the USF Tampa Library

In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the USF Tampa Library has partnered with the USF Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention to create an interactive…

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Researching the History of Florida’s African American Newspapers

It has been almost a year since a team of us here at the USF Libraries launched the African American Experience in Florida (AAE) portal. One of the best parts…

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Exhibiting Tampa’s African American History

The Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida features an impressive array of museum-style displays and vibrant public art after the facility was renovated recently. With…

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Washington Family papers

This collection documents both business and personal transactions of the Washington family, with particular emphasis on items created or used by Sam Washington, Mary Washington, and Mary L. Washington.

Click here to access the collection’s finding aid »

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Federal Writers Project folders
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Conscious Editing

Archives and library professionals have been taking a closer look at their descriptive practices, with an eye toward reducing and eliminating offensive, derogatory, and outdated language and enhancing access to…

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African American Experience in the U.S. Digital Collection

The African American Experience in the U.S. (AAEUS) collection is one facet of the USF Libraries collection initiative to bring together resources that capture the rich history of research and discourse…

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Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.: Ybor City’s Champion of Equal Opportunity

On July 28, 1868, US Secretary of State William Seward announced that the Fourteenth Amendment had been ratified. Three years after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, the Fourteenth nullified the…

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Independence Day Dissent

Readers of the July 4, 1998, edition of The Weekly Challenger were confronted with a bracing front-page headline: “Independence Day Has Little Meaning to African-Americans.” “July 4th is a precious…

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