Reception and Programs


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 Embracing Our Ethnic Kaleidoscope

Join us for the inaugural Black History Month Reception, launching a month of special programming and previewing a new exhibit at the History Center focused on local Black history.

The first annual Black History Month Reception starts at
6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022,
at the Tampa Bay History Center’s TECO Hall, 801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602.

Tickets $50 per person
Advance tickets required. Space is limited.


Ben Crump


Tampa Bay History Center, Black History Month Reception, Ben Crump photoThroughout his career, attorney Ben Crump has remained steadfast in serving those without a voice and seeking justice in some of the most contentious legal cases of our time, including his role in the Trayvon Martin case.

Mr. Crump has broken barriers in several legal organizations, serving as the first African-American President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and the first African-American Chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors.

Mr. Crump is a frequent speaker and author, having been featured in documentaries like NPR’s “How Lawyer Got Nation Talking About Trayvon Martin,” and BET’s “I Am Trayvon Martin: A Family’s Fight for Justice.” Mr. Crump is also a frequent contributor to Time magazine, discussing many of the civil rights and criminal justice issues African-Americans face today.

Dr. Bernard LaFayette 

Special Guest

Tampa Bay History Center, Black History Month Reception, Benard LaFayette photoDr. Bernard LaFayette, a native of Tampa, Fla., co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 and has spent the decades since as a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator and lecturer on strategy and nonviolent social change.

He was a leader of the Nashville Movement in 1960, on the Freedom Rides in 1961 and during the 1965 Selma Movement.

Today, he is the chairperson for the International Nonviolence Executive Planning Board. He was also appointed by Rhode Island Governor, Lincoln Almond, as chairman for the Rhode Island Select Commission on Race and Police-Community Relations. Currently, Dr. LaFayette is a Senior Scholar in Residence at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Award for the Preservation of Black History and Heritage

Be part of this uplifting gathering honoring the transformational leadership of Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.

Dr. LaFayette embodies the courageous spirit that helped lead the Civil Rights Movement.

Thurgood Marshall History Club set to receive special funding

The History Center, in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, will also award funding to an outstanding Thurgood Marshall History Club at a Hillsborough County middle school. Local chapters provide students the opportunity to learn, discuss, and participate in activities related to Black history.


(February 4, Reception Only)

Tampa Bay History Center location map, Tampa Riverwalk, Water Street and Channelside

Click here for a road construction map.

Please approach the front of the History Center by driving eastbound on Water St. from Franklin St. (Amalie Arena will be on your left and Cotanchobee Park on your right.)

To ease traffic congestion, please do not approach the History Center from Meridian Ave. or Beneficial Dr.

Uniformed valet attendants will greet you upon arrival. We have partnered with The Car Park to provide complimentary valet for Black History Month Reception guests.

Self-parking is also available and with the incredible development of Water Street Tampa, there are more public parking options within a 6-minute walk of the History Center. Click here for self-parking information.

FEB 6 

Central Avenue West Walking Tour

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.; free; Tour begins at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church

FEB 15 

African-American Artifacts of Tampa Bay

Noon; free; History Center’s TECO Learning Center

FEB 16 

Florida Conversations:
African American Burial Grounds And Remembering Project

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; free; History Center’s TECO Learning Center

FEB 26 

Central Avenue East Walking Tour

10 – 11:30 a.m.; $20; Tour begins at the Tampa Park Plaza

FEB 26 

Living History Saturday: Buffalo Soldiers

12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.; free with museum admission; History Center

801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602

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