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The museum presents the historic voice of this St. Petersburg, Florida community from the perspective of local, regional, and national history, culture, and community. It is another demonstration of the commitment to revitalize the Midtown St. Petersburg area.​

The museum joins Mercy Hospital at the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center, the Royal Theater Boys and Girls Club, and the renovated Manhattan Casino as evidence of the renaissance of this area.

 

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Florida Highwaymen legacy continues with exhibit at St. Pete museum

Oct 23, 2023

AXIOS Tampa Bay

McLendon also enjoys collecting hot rod cars. Photo: Courtesy of Ray McLendon

Article by Kathryn Varn

Ray McLendon likes painting reflections best. He can play with them, blurring the lines and colors of a luminescent moon shining down on a bay, or a deep-orange sunset bleeding onto a lagoon.

Click here to read more. 

Current Exhibit

Resilience & Revolution: An Immersion of Black Americana

When

January 2, 2024 - February 29, 2024

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free, Donations Accepted

What

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida is thrilled to announce its upcoming exhibition, Resilience & Revolution: An Immersion of Black Americana. This thought-provoking and immersive experience, co-curated by The Montague Collection and Dr. Cody Clark, will captivate visitors by delving into the rich tapestry of African-American history and culture. The exhibition is set to be a beacon of hope, knowledge, and understanding, challenging stereotypes and celebrating the resilience and contributions of African Americans.

About The Montague Collection:

The Montague Collection stands as a distinguished bespoke exhibition company dedicated to illuminating the richness and complexity of African-American history through the compelling medium of visual arts. With unwavering commitment and profound reverence, we curate exhibitions that pay homage to African Americans’ vibrant legacy and profound contributions, fostering cultural understanding, and inspiring a more inclusive world.

About Dr. Cody Clark:

Dr. Cody L. “Spec” Clark, has had a long-standing career of over 35 years with the renowned arts magnet program at Gibbs High School as the program counselor of fine and performing arts.  Educated in Georgia, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in psychology at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. He completed both his Master’s degree (1986) and his specialist degree (1996) in counseling education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In 2003, he finished his Doctoral degree in Children, Youth and Family counseling services at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  He specialized in African American youth in the visual and performing arts.

Photos: Courtesy of The Montague Collection

Black History Matter Mural

When

Currently on Display

Where

Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Open to the Public

What

Previously a BLACK LIVES MATTER mural, this updated mural expresses the importance of protecting Black History in the United States.

 

The Artists that contributed to the creation of this mural include Daniel “R5” Barojas, Miss Crit (Laura Spencer), Esh (Eric Hornsby), Cyrus Fire, Raheem Fitzgerald, John Gascot,

James E Hartzell, Vera Herrera, Plum Howlet, Jade Jackson, Reid Jenkins, Jujmo (Cheryl Weber), James Kitchens, Cam Parker, Reda3sb, Vitale Bros, Javon Walters, David Watson

Wayward Walls (Jason Harvin), and Catherine Weaver

T-shirts & Mural Prints

PURCHASE A T-SHIRT OR MURAL PRINT HERE

T-shirts and Black Lives Matter Mural prints are available for purchase.

Items are available for pick-up Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Saturday Morning Yoga at The Woodson

When

Every Saturday Morning at 9 AM

Where

Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

Enjoy a calming yoga session led by Mindful Movement in The Woodson’s Legacy Garden every Saturday morning.

Registration is not required for these free yoga classes.

SOLD OUT: Garden Groove featuring the Scotty Wright Quintet

When

February 25, 2024 starting 3 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Sold Out

What

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida and the Al Downing Jazz Association present Scotty Wright’s Quintet in the Legacy Garden!

Scotty Wright returns to the museum for his fourth annual February concert, in celebration of Black History Month. For this year’s program, Scotty explores the rhythmic side of jazz, featuring several of his own compositions. Ably assisted by some of Tampa Bay’s best, Scotty and his partners bring out the soulful, the sassy, the sensitive and the sensual sounds that are sure to get the garden groovin’ – on a Sunday afternoon.

Closing Reception: Resilience & Revolution: An Immersion of Black Americana

When

February 29, 2024 at 6 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

Thursday, February 29, will be the final day to view Resilience & Revolution: An Immersion of Black Americana.

Co-Curators, The Montague Collection, and Dr. Cody Clark will be present for a discussion starting at 6:30 PM.

 

“Can We Talk?” Book Mixer

When

March 4, 2024 at 7 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

Select a new book for discussion and get acquainted with the group if you have not attended a meeting before. Refreshments will be provided.

To register, email woodsonmuseum@gmail.com

Sit A Spell Conversations X Pa’Lante Series: Black Voices in the Humanities

When

March 13, 2024, at 6 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

Finding Your Voice: Engage and learn with Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs

Award winning writer, researcher, consultant, and director of oral history projects, Tameka Bradley Hobbs will share ways to build community by encouraging attendees to determine how you will contribute to creating the society you want to see. 

Bio:

Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs is a researcher, writer, consultant, and director for several public and oral history projects. Her book, Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida, was published by the University Press of Florida and has been awarded bronze medal for the 2015 Florida Book Award for Florida Nonfiction, and the 2016 Harry T. and Harriette V. Mo ore Award from the Florida Historical Society. She has appeared in several award-winning documentaries including Liberty Burning, You Belong to Me: Sex, Race, and Murder in the South, Crossing Overtown, and George Stephanopoulos’s Grand Knighthawk: Infiltrating the KKK. She is currently the Library Regional Manager of Broward Public Library’s African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Sit A Spell Conversations X Pa’Lante Series: Black Voices in the Humanities

When

April 10, 2024, at 6 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

Dr. Martha Bireda in conversation with Patrick Arthur Jackson and Silk Jazmyne Hindus

Lifting the Veil with Dr. Martha Bireda 

W.E.B. DuBois used the “veil” as a metaphor for the color line of racial inequalities and injustice in the United States. The “veil “ symbolizes the culturally conditioned narrative that prevents the larger society from seeing the virtues, values, strengths, agency, and contributions of African Americans. Through her stories, Martha Bireda presents a narrative that demonstrates the intellect, courage, determination, strength, ingenuity, grace, and dignity of the African American. 

Sit A Spell Conversations X Pa’Lante Series: Black Voices in the Humanities

When

May 8, 2024, at 6 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

Vincent Adejumo in conversation with Silk Jazmyne Hindus

Dr. Vincent Adejumo’s work encompasses a practical approach to unearthing and searching for sustainable solutions to the adversities African Americans face in their daily lives.

Bio:

Dr. Vincent Edward Oluwole Adejumo is from Tampa Fl and is a 2008 graduate of the Florida State University, earning a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration, triple majoring in Business Management, Management Information Systems, and Human Resource Management.

In the Summer of 2015, Dr. Adejumo graduated from the University of Florida’s Political Science PhD program majoring in policy and administration. He is currently a full time lecturer in the African American Studies program at UF teaching Intro to African American Studies, The Wire, Mentoring At-Risk Youth, Black Wall Street, and Black Masculinity. Due to his continued involvement and reputation for teaching at the University of Florida, Dr. Adejumo was selected as the Professor of the Year by the UF Black Student Union for the 2015-2016 school year. He was also selected as the Professor and Advisor of the Year by the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the 2017-2018 school year.