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Near The Cross: Tampa’s First Black Churches

December 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


In spite of being enslaved, Black people in Tampa formed a church in 1863–Mt. Sinai African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church–located in the Scrub. In the following decades, other Black congregations grew along Tampa’s Central Avenue, Tampa Heights, and Bealsville, Fla. By 1899, freed men and women had organized more than 40 churches in the Tampa Bay area. Near The Cross: Tampa’s First Black Churches explores the community’s fascinating history and will be followed by a performance of inspirational gospel music, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at St. James at ENCORE! 



December 14, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tampa Bay History Center
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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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