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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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2024 First Ladies in African American History honored

March 29, 2024

The Weekly Challenger

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring six trailblazing women as First Ladies in African American History on March 23 at the James Museum of Western Art in downtown St. Pete.

BY RAVEN JOY SHONEL | Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG – The Woodson African American Museum of Florida pulled out all the stops to celebrate Women’s History Month. The March 23 event marks the 10th anniversary of honoring local First Ladies in African American History.

From humble beginnings in the Legacy Garden of the Woodson Museum to the posh James Museum of Western Art in downtown St. Pete, more than 50 pioneering women of color, whose stories are often overlooked and seldom celebrated, have been honored for shattering the color barrier and making history.

Women honored as First Ladies in African American History are extraordinary trailblazers who exemplify excellence and have achieved the status of “first” in their respective fields. Historically, women of every race, class and ethnic background served as leaders at the forefront of major progressive social change movements, and their contributions often remain unrecorded.

To read more, click here.

Current Exhibit

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

Sister Gertrude Morgan: A Ministry of Divergence

When

March 5, 2024 - May 2024

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free, Donations Accepted

What

Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980), born Gertrude Williams, embarked on a transformative journey from Alabama to New Orleans, where she declared the city the “headquarters of sin” and dedicated her life to spreading the Gospel. Through her vivid paintings, spirited music, and powerful oration, she became a beacon of faith in the vibrant culture of New Orleans. Her art, characterized by its bold use of color and profound biblical narratives, serves as a testament to her unwavering dedication to her ministry.

The exhibition Sister Gertrude Morgan: A Ministry of Divergence offers visitors an immersive experience of Sister Morgan’s multifaceted ministry, showcasing her unique blend of art, music, and poetry. Her works, rich in religious symbolism and personal testament, challenge conventional boundaries between the sacred and the secular, inviting viewers to explore the depths of faith and creativity.

 

 

 

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.

April’s Second Saturday ArtWalk

When

April 13, 2024 5-8 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

If you have not had the opportunity to walk through The Woodson’s current exhibition yet, join us during April’s ArtWalk to view ‘Sister Gertrude Morgan: A Ministry of Divergence’!

The exhibition ‘Sister Gertrude Morgan: A Ministry of Divergence’ offers visitors an immersive experience of Sister Morgan’s multifaceted ministry, showcasing her unique blend of art, music, and poetry. Her works, rich in religious symbolism and personal testament, challenge conventional boundaries between the sacred and the secular, inviting viewers to explore the depths of faith and creativity.

Chronicles of Color: Underground History

When

April 11, 2024 6:00 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

Underground History is a documentary film project designed to explore connections between St. Petersburg’s diverse cultural history and emerging community efforts to acknowledge the past in charting the future. The film considers the links between the history and remaining archaeological sites of the region’s Indigenous Ancestors, the displaced contemporary African American communities and erased Black cemeteries, and the historic waterways that once created a connectivity for these places and people.

Following the film screening will be a conversation highlighting the importance of historic preservation featuring:

Ms. Gwendolyn Reese
President of African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg

Robert (Bob) Austin, Ph.D.
Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, (AWIARE)

Thomas Hallock
Ph.D. Professor, English, Literature & Cultural Studies, University of South Florida

Wanda Stuart
Storyteller and Resident

Polita Glynn
Merfolk Media Alliance Director and Underground History Filmmaker

Devin Rice
Underground History Filmmaker

To register, email education@woodsonmuseum.org.

Asian American Pacific Island Poetry Reading

When

Sunday, April 21, 2024 4-5 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

The City of St. Petersburg is holding its second annual City of Writers Poetry Festival, with The Woodson African American Museum of Florida is a host for emerging and established writers who reflect the talent, diversity, and creativity of St. Petersburg on April 21, 2024! Join us in engaging in an Asian American Pacific Islander poetry reading with speakers Avni Vyas, Alexa Stoffer, Jamie Lu, and MC Sam Obeid.

About the Speakers:

Jamie Lu is a 17-year-old Filipino-American writer born and raised in Florida. She is an alumnus of the Adroit Summer Mentorship Program for Fiction and a recipient of a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her art is inspired by her parents’ stories of childhood, Filipino history, the people she encounters, the macabre, the divine, and everything in between.

Alexa Stoffer is a Chinese adoptee navigating her past while planning for the future. She is 22 years old and has been writing poetry for the past 6 years. From being featured in writing magazines to performing with close friends, she has built a community rooted in the feeling of safety and creative expression. She hopes to leave her mark in the ever-changing world of mental health through her words and her collegiate studies.

Avni Vyas is the author of Little God (Burrow Press 2021), and the chapbooks Far from Glorious Feeling (TOA 2021) and co-author of Candy In Our Brains (CutBank 2014). Her poetry and nonfiction can be found in journals such as Grist, Meridian, Arts and Letters, and others. She serves as a poetry editor at The Offending Adam. She teaches writing at New College of Florida.

About the MC:

Sam(ira) Obeid is an internationally renowned spoken word poet, a reputed educator on intersectionality, systemic discrimination and resistance, and a local activist. A masculine performing, Indian lesbian raised Hindu on her mother’s side and Muslim on her father’s side, Sam moved to the U.S. in 2007 earning her second and third master’s in Multimedia Journalism and Women’s & Gender Studies.

 

To register, email education@woodsonmuseum.org

An Afternoon of Haiku

When

April 21, 2024 3-4 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

The City of St. Petersburg is holding its second annual City of Writers Poetry Festival, with The Woodson African American Museum of Florida being a host for emerging and established writers who reflect the talent, diversity, and creativity of St. Petersburg.

Join Haiku poets Ani Crane and Tim Huff for an afternoon of conversation around their love and passion for Haiku poetry. Attendees will learn about their journey as poets, how they began writing, and hear Haiku selections.

About the Speakers:

Tim Huff
Originally from upstate New York, Tim has made St. Petersburg his home for 38 years. He started writing haikus in 2020 inspired by the nature in his backyard. He has published one book with a second book coming out this year. Tim has given numerous talks and workshops around Tampa Bay.
www.haikutim.com

Ani Crane
Being an octogenarian, Ani has had years of experience as a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher of English, author, psychic, Lyricist, playwright, poet, lover of fun and singer of songs. Her passion for creating is life long, and a legacy she wishes to leave to the next generation. Crane is a  Lifelong aficionado of the movies, especially foreign films and art films. Ani is living and loving in Gulfport, Florida with her beloved kitty, Rumi.

May’s “Can We Talk?” Book Discussion

When

Monday, May 13, 2024

Where

Zoom

Admission

Free

What

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts exposes America’s systemic abuse of Black women’s bodies. From slave masters’ economic stake in bonded women’s fertility to government programs that coerced thousands of poor Black women into being sterilized as late as the 1970s, these abuses pointed to the degradation of Black motherhood—and the exclusion of Black women’s reproductive needs in mainstream feminist and civil rights agendas.

May’s discussion will focus on chapters three and four.

To register, click here.

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.

About Dr. Vincent Adejumo:

Dr. Vincent Edward Oluwole Adejumo is from Tampa Fl and is a 2008 graduate of the Florida State University, earning a bachelor 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.

About Silk Jazmyne: 

Silk Jazmyne is a student of life who loves the artistically strange and narrative in all its forms. She’s a book reviewer and essayist. She’s also a Speculative fiction writer and teaching artist for Kitchen Table Literary Arts, Grubstreet Writers and The Porch. Her work has appeared both online and in print at Black Girl Nerds, Straylight Magazine, The Gateway Review, Serendipity Literary Magazine, Midnight & Indigo, African Writer Magazine, Ekphrastic Exhibition in Tandem: Back | Forth .  She was born in New York and grew up all over as a Navy brat. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Florida International University.