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Archives Awareness Week: 1924: Life in Tampa’s Scrub Community

July 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Central Avenue business district sat at the western edge of The Scrub, which was Tampa’s first African-American neighborhood. Tracing its lineage to just after the Civil War, The Scrub was settled by formerly enslaved people and freemen from the area who, during Reconstruction, experienced a small but meaningful amount of freedom and economic success.

Fred Hearns, curator of Black history for the Tampa Bay History Center, and Ashley Morrow, program manager for Tampa’s Black History Museum, will discuss the lives of Black residents in Tampa’s oldest communities 100 years ago. The event is Wednesday, July 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Tampa’s Black History Museum, 1213 N. Central Ave.

The program is free, refreshments will be available, and registration is not required.

City of Tampa Archives Awareness Week

Recognizing the need to document and preserve Tampa’s development and unique heritage, the City of Tampa Archives was founded in 1987.

Archives Awareness Week was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa Archives Advisory Committee. During this week, local archives present their collections through exhibits and programs that highlight the value of archives in identifying, preserving, and conserving historical records. Learn more at


July 17
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Tampa’s Black History Museum
1213 N Central Ave
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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Museum hours

The history center is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

**Galleries are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas and open until 3 p.m. on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Admission prices

Adult: $16.95
College Student: $14.95
Senior (60+): $14.95
Youth (7-17): $12.95
Child (0-6): Free
Members: Free

**First responders and veterans may receive discounted admission at Visitor Services.

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