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Woodson Museum Artifact Windfall

July 24, 2022

Tampa Bay Times

Photos courtesy of the Montague Collection / various artifacts from collection

A benefactor with a huge collection of Black history artifacts has promised to make more than 8,000 pieces available for viewing over the next several years at St. Petersburg’s Woodson African American Museum of Florida.

Clinton Byrd, a financial investor who lives in Tallahassee, started a sideline as a historian in 2012 after he obtained a collection amassed by Nathaniel “The Magnificent” Montague, a Black radio pioneer. Montague, now 94, dreamed of opening an African American history museum of his own in Los Angeles. He spent nearly 50 years collecting artifacts such as letters from Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass, recordings of opera singer Marian Anderson and books by the museum’s namesake, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, considered the father of Black history.

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Museum & Legacy Garden Rental

Museum space is available for groups to schedule special events and meetings. Opportunities for collaboration on joint projects and exhibits are welcome.

General Use Building Fees for Private Functions.

The museum is available for rental for events, meetings, weddings, and more.

A. Gallery / $909.50
(plus a refundable $250 Deposit)

B. Legacy Gardens / $1,926.00
(plus a refundable $350 Deposit)

Please Note: 

*A CGW Rental Agreement must be signed in order to hold venue.

*All security deposits are refundable within thirty (30) days if the Museum is undamaged.

*$250 Deposit secures your date upon return of signed rental agreement.

*Fees are due by a minimum of (30) days prior to the event

Legacy Garden

The Legacy Garden at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is a sprawling vista complete with magnolias, a flowing fountain, a rose garden and brick pathways. It is the result of a collaborative venture between the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership St. Pete Class of 2008, the city’s Midtown Economic Development Initiative and the museum.

In addition to being a revenue generator for the museum, resources from the garden’s rental will help with the expansion of exhibits and displays.