In many ways, the history of African Americans in the Tampa Bay area is the history of communities. Collections in this category span residential areas, economic districts, and educational institutions.

Community Collections

An African American boy and girl hold milk pails and pose in front of a fence.

Archibald Slaymaker Glass Plate Negative collection

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This collection is comprised of glass plate negatives and black and white photographs. The collection is largely family-centric, documenting the home and social life of the Slaymaker family in Virginia’s Albemarle County during the years leading up to the Civil War. The collection includes 31 black and white prints and 39 glass plates negatives featuring members of the Slaymaker family, African American children and families, and buildings in Clarke’s Gap, Virginia. Dates: ca. mid-late 19th…

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Citrus Park Colored School

Citrus Park Colored School collection

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The materials in this collection were assembled to document the historical and cultural role of the Citrus Park Colored School, which operated from 1925 to 1948.

Dates: 1921-1966
Extent: 2 boxes

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Florida Civil Rights oral history project

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This collection includes interviews with several of Florida’s civil rights leaders who were active at the height of the civil rights movement in the United States and Florida during the 1950s and 1960s. Dates: 1978 – 2006 Click here to listen to oral histories »

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Jordan Park collection

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Named for African American developer Elder Jordan, Sr., the Jordan Park public housing subdivision in St. Petersburg, Florida was constructed between 1939 and 1941. The community’s development is documented in site maps, construction photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Dates: 1884-ca.1980s
Extent: 3.80 linear feet

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Portrait of Otis R. Anthony

Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida oral history project

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In 1994, Otis Anthony donated a collection of oral histories conducted between 1977 and 1978 to the USF Department of Anthropology. The oral histories were sponsored by the Tampa Urban League and Hillsborough County Museum as part of the black History of Tampa Project. More than 50 oral histories with prominent members of the Tampa community are included in the collection. Dates: 1977 – 1978 Click here to listen to oral histories »  

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Progress Village Community

Progress Village records

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These records outline the planning and construction of the Progress Village community in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Dates: 1957 – 1977
Extent: 2.25 linear (3 boxes)

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The African American Burial Ground & Remembering Project

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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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