Bing Rooming House, a National Historical Site anchoring the Laura Street Restoration District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, primarily for its role as a domestic hotel for people of color during the period of segregation. Upon completion, the facility, which is located at 205 South Allen Street, will be operated as a museum to emphasize the Plant City community’s triumph over segregation. The Bing Rooming House Museum will be dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of African American culture and lifestyle during this period. The museum will strive to accurately interpret, present and preserve Plant City’s African American history from an African American perspective. Displays of artifacts, storyboards, and written documents will help both American and international visitors better understand the experiences of African Americans during the segregation era.
Improvement League of Plant City, Inc.
The Improvement League of Plant City, Inc. was formed in 1982 as a non-profit
grass-roots organization committed to improve and develop substandard and
underserved communities of Plant City, Florida. In its vibrant history the Improvement League successfully administered an after school tutorial program for seven years, serving more than 115 at risk children per year, only relocating when Hillsborough County needed the site for a alternative school. This program offered free basic tutoring, affordable advanced academic studies, mentoring for girls aged 12 to 18 (Young Ladies of the Millennium), arts& craft, college scholarships, and an annual youth conference. Some of these
services continue along with computer skills training for senior citizens at the
Historic Glover School site until completion of the Bing Rooming House Museum.