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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.


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.

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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
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B. Legacy Gardens / $1,926.00
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*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.