Instructor: Fred Hearns


Fred Hearns, BA English-Journalism, MS Africana Studies, USF, MS Human Services, Springfield College has been a state licensed, bonded and insured tour guide since 2007. Hearns grew up in Tampa and retired as director of the city's Department of Community Affairs in 2007.

Classes by this instructor

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, the Reconstruction in Tampa, the genesis of the historic Central Avenue district, and how life changed for Tampa Blacks after the June 11, 1967 shooting death of 19-year-old Martin Chambers. An optional walking tour of the historic Central Avenue district ($15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under) will be offered after the class meetings.