The Library

This section is packed with information by some of St. Petersburg's most respected historians. It is intended as a tool toward a deeper understanding of the history of African Americans in St. Petersburg, in general, and the nation's minority population as a whole. If you have other information that you think would be an appropriate addition to this section, please let us know.

A PANORAMIC GLIMPSE
This history, titled "A Panoramic Glimpse of Black History in St. Petersburg," was written by the late Ernest Ponder for the Ambassador Club.

A Ph.D. DISSERTATION
Dr. Evelyn Newman Phillips explores the social history of African Americans in St. Petersburg in her extensive report, An Ethnohistorical Analysis of the Political Economy of Ethnicity Among African Americans in St. Petersburg, Florida.

ST. PETERSBURG AND THE FLORIDA DREAM
Ray Arsenault brings to life the characters and circumstances that brought the area's black and white pioneers together as a community.

TO BE BLACK IN ST. PETERSBURG

Just what was it like to be black and living in St. Petersburg, FL, in 1980? This in-depth project, reprinted in its entirity with the permission of the St. Petersburg Times, attempts to explore the issues of that era.

ON THE BETHEL TRAIL
Explore the fascinating story of one of St. Petersburg's honored citizens, the late Enoch Davis, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church for more than 40 years.

FUTURE TENSE
In late 1996 and early 1997, the shooting death of a black motorists touched off two nights of unrest in St. Petersburg's African-American community. Originally published online by the St. Petersburg Times, this collection of photographs, articles, commentary and sound bring the events surrounding the distubances into perspective.

WEB RESOURCES
This list of helpful Web links is intended to give a broader understanding of African American history, both locally and internationally.


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