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- To preserve, present, and interpret African American history and to engage a broad and diverse audience through these activities
- To promote an understanding among various groups that make up the St. Petersburg community in order to enhance our ability as a society to respect and value diversity and foster equal rights and social justice .
The local African American history of the St. Petersburg community is the central focus of programming at the Dr. Carter G.Woodson African American Museum. The purpose of the museum is to preserve this rich history for present and future generations of St. Petersburg residents.
Well rounded culturally diverse programming, exciting exhibits and a beautiful well kept garden exemplify the the extrodinary legacy of this community.
African Americans have played a crucial role in the growth and development of St. Petersburg since the late 1800s. The first African Americans came to this area seeking work. Many of the early migrants worked on the Orange Belt Railroad and other emerging enterprises. As St. Petersburg grew into a major tourist destination, more employment opportunities opened for these early residents. Settling near the downtown area to be near jobs and the railroad, African Americans established neighborhoods and the community grew, establishing independent institutions. In spite of segregation and discrimination, the area thrived culturally.
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