Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “At the heart of all that civilization has meant and developed is ‘community’ — the mutually cooperative and voluntary venture of man to assume a semblance of responsibility for his brother.” In many ways, the history of African Americans in the Tampa Bay area is the history of communities.
There is nothing quite as inspiring as a community of teachers and students. The Citrus Park Colored School collection includes historical resources about an African American school built in 1924 on Gunn Highway in Citrus Park.
Downtown Tampa’s Jackson Rooming House was located close to the thriving business district and nightlife areas in Tampa’s African American community. Famous performers like Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald are said to have stayed at the house. An important part of that history has been preserved with the use of 3D modeling by USF Libraries Digital Heritage & Humanities Collections (DHHC) and the Tampa Bay History Center.