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Tampa's Black History Museum

Tampa's Black History Museum at Encore, located at 1213 N. Central Ave. in Tampa's Central Park neighborhood, is a historic red brick structure positioned between Central Ave. and Governor St.

A partnership between the Tampa Bay History Center and the Tampa Housing Authority, the Museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage and contributions of Tampa's African American community.

Through exhibits, educational programs, and community events, the Museum aims to honor the past and inspire future generations.

Tampa's Black History Museum

Upcoming programs

How to find the historic St. James Church.

Public Parking

Tampa’s Black History Museum is located at 1213 N Central Ave, Tampa, FL 33602. The historic red brick structure sits between Central Ave. to the west and Governor St. to the east in Downtown’s Tempo District. Ray Charles Blvd. runs parallel to the building, which was once home to St. James Episcopal Church.

Two-hour, on-street parking is available for free throughout the ENCORE!® community. For special events, attendees may find additional parking in the Ella parking garage (1st floor) at 1210 Ray Charles Blvd. Just so you know, the parking garage entrance is located off N. Governor St.

On-street parking next to Perry Harvey, Sr. Park is reserved for park patrons only. We ask guests of this special event to park along Ray Charles Blvd. or in the Ella parking garage.

Public Transportation

Tampa’s Black History Museum is accessible by HART at the Marion Transit Center (1211 N. Marion St.) and bus routes 2/9/12 at 1112 E. Cass St.;  2/12 (Southbound) 918 N Nebraska Ave.; 2/12 (Northbound) 1001-1099 N. Nebraska Ave.

St. James Episcopal Church in 1933
Tampa's Black History Museum
St. James Episcopal Church in 1933

Meeting in a historic location.

St. James Episcopal Church was founded in 1895. In its early years, Bahamian and Afro-Cuban immigrants comprised most of the church's congregation. The church grew in the early Twentieth Century, and in 1921 it began holding services in the brick church you see today.

In the 1960s, this location was the site of one of the few integrated churches in the area.

In 1997, St. James' congregation merged with the Episcopal House of Prayer, built in 1922 at 2708 N. Central Avenue, Tampa, Fla.

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