African-American Heritage Walking Trails on the Deuces
The African American Heritage Trails in St. Petersburg, Florida, are walking tours of 19 markers that provide details about the history and influence of the African American community in St. Petersburg. The story begins with the pioneers and the arrival of the first African Americans in 1868 and weaves through the civil rights era ending in 1968.
The African-American Heritage Project identified people and places significant to African-American history in St. Petersburg and included businesses, churches, schools, social clubs, cemeteries, houses, and recreation areas. Although there is an emphasis on existing properties, some important places that were demolished are also identified. Both trails begin at the Carter G. Woodson Museum at 2240 9th Ave South.
22nd Street South Corridor (runs north/south)
The 22nd Street S. trail is titled "Community, Culture, and Commerce" and focuses on the rich cultural heritage of the neighborhood, community leaders, landmark businesses, and the evolution from the Jim Crow era to desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement.
9th Avenue South Corridor (runs east/west)
The 9th Avenue S. trail is titled "Faith, Family, and Education" and delves into the more personal aspects of life in the community, highlighting the local schools, housing stock, community organizations, and churches that enriched the social fabric of the neighborhood.
The African American Heritage Trail was installed August 9, 2014. In August 2015, it was awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in the Historic Landscape Category. Click Here to learn more about the African American Heritage Trail.