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Tampa Bay Black History I

Take a 500-year journey tracing the presence of Black people in Tampa Bay. We will explore: the role blacks played in Spanish exploration of Tampa Bay, the role of African-Americans during the three Seminole Wars in Florida, the liberation of enslaved blacks in Tampa on May 5, 1864, Reconstruction in Tampa after the Civil War, the genesis of the historic Central Avenue district, entertainment on Central Avenue in the early 1900s, and how life changed for Tampa Blacks after the June 11, 1967, shooting death of 19-year-old Martin Chambers. A 90- minute walking tour of the historic Central Avenue district after the final class is optional and available to both class members and to the general public ($15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under).