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St. Petersburg Black History Museum has a new name and a new fundraising partner


ST. PETERSBURG – The history center formerly known as the Dr. G. Carter Woodson African American Museum has a shorter name and a new partner in its efforts to build an improved facility.

Now known as the Woodson African American Museum of Florida, they announced Tuesday that the Pinellas Community Foundation will help raise the $ 27 million needed to build and operate a 30,000 square foot facility.

According to the foundation’s website, it is “a charitable organization that provides support, resources and information to meet the needs of individuals and nonprofits in Pinellas County.”

Since its inception in 1969, the foundation has helped raise and distribute more than $ 86 million to more than 400 charities, including the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts for “contactless sinks for public toilets in order to minimize the spread of germs and built-in wireless technology. access points in its hearing aid galleries, ”the website says.

An architectural rendering of the future Woodson African American Museum of Florida improved. [ Courtesy Huff Gooden and WJ Architects ]

“The African-American experience in St. Petersburg and in our country has too often been overlooked, an afterthought, relegated to a space that limits or narrowly defines its impact rather than celebrating its importance,” said the CEO of the foundation, Duggan Cooley, in a statement. declaration.

Named in honor of Carter Godwin Woodson, considered the father of black historians, The Woodson African American Museum of Florida is currently located in a 4,000 square foot facility at 2240 9th Ave. S.

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Its future location is over five acres of city donated land along 22nd Street South in the district known as The Deuces, “once a thriving epicenter for black business and culture during apartheid.” states the museum’s press release.

The city of St. Petersburg has also allocated $ 1 million for the fundraising effort.

The new facility was previously priced at $ 20 million. Terri Lipsey Scott, executive director of The Woodson, said the additional $ 7 million would help cover initial operating costs.

“We are excited,” she said. “Things are definitely on the rise. “


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