Tampa Welcomes Historic Addition Black History Museum to Open Soon
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Tampa Welcomes Historic Addition: Black History Museum to Open Soon

The downtown area will soon welcome a new museum dedicated to conserving Tampa‘s Black history.

On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay History Center and Tampa Housing Authority announced their partnership to open the museum.

“This partnership represents months of thoughtful planning, born of a desire to work together to share Tampa’s Black history,” C.J. Roberts, President and CEO of the Tampa Bay History Center, stated. “We’re proud to collaborate with the Tampa Housing Authority in such a significant and impactful way, offering Encore and the City of Tampa a new cultural destination.”

The museum will be housed in a historic red brick edifice that was formerly the 1895 founding church of St. James Episcopal Church. It is situated within the Encore complex.

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“The reason why we must honor and share Tampa’s Black heritage is to celebrate the past and inspire future generations to appreciate and uphold the vibrant cultural diversity that makes Tampa so unique,” Jerome D. Ryans, President and CEO of the Tampa Housing Authority stated.

Beginning the week of Juneteenth, a formal announcement is scheduled for June 17.

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