"What's inside the Museum?"

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The Bing Rooming House Museum wants to hear your family's story of life in Plant City. Allow us the honor of interviewing elderly family members.

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Visit & Learn

The Struggle- Accurate accounts of how residents of Plant City overcame segregation.
In the Kitchen- Exhibits, recipes, and items from the era showing how residents cooked and cleaned
GENERATIONS- How times have changed. Rotary phones to cell phones; music and juke joints from the old Speakeasy, Laura Street Bar, to today's KoKos.
Gospel & Education- Preachers to Teachers. Learn the era of black gospel and religion as well as the stories of teachers and importance of education.



Visit the Plant City Photo Archives to view the entire black history photograph collection.

Discover the important role that Mr. E.L. Bing and those taught and mentored by him had on the education of not only Plant City, but Hillsborough County and the State of Florida.

Coronet 28

During the 1930s to 1960s a large number of residents lived at the site of Cornet Mine. These 28 familes later grew into to what is now Lincoln & Madison Park neighborhoods.

Maps & Facts of Lincoln Park

The Lincoln Park neighborhood has changed significantly since the 1920s. If you click on the maps and links here you will see how current streets used to named after U.S. States as well as a layout of the Cornet 28 Quarters where alot of our generational families lived and later moved here.

African American Historic Trail

Visit a number of black history landmarks and areas of significance within 5 miles of the Bing House Museum. (Map coming soon........)

Deep in the heart of Florida exist a place, a building, and a community with a happy ending. The historical significance of Historic Glover School as a part of America's History lies deep in the foundation of this structure.

The Plant City Photo Archives & HIstory Center located in downtown Plant City, is a non--profit organization that works closely with the Bing House in the areas of historical preservation. We are supporters of the Plant City Photo Archives and encourage you to stop by and visit there photo archives with over 100,000 pics.

Marie B. Ellis Park, Snowden Park, Plant City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sports Complex, Reaves Barbershop, Beluah Missionary Baptist Church, Allen Chapel AME Church, Laura Street Black Business District, and Ruby Fruit/Art Stand.

Exhibits/Oral History Library

Bing Family Exhibit
Marshall High School
Midway Academy
Charlow Funeral Home
Negro League Baseball
Laura Street
Coronet Mine
Coronet Quarters
Civil Rights in Plant City
Barbershops Talk
Felton Williams
Snowden Park
Marie B. Ellis Park
Sam Cooper Park
Joyner Family
Mobley Family
Willie Thomas (reporter)
Reaves (barbershop)
Family TBA
Family TBA
Allen Chapel AME
Beluah MBC
Mount Olive MBC
Mount Moriah MBC
St. Mary's MBC
St. Luke MBC
St. Luke Indepdent
Laura Street Church of Christ
Gospel METs

Video - Oral History Clip

Mr. Willie Thomas, Plant City's first black newspaper reporter gives a first hand account of his experience visiting the segregated former Plant City GreyHound Bus Station, which now serves as the office for the Plant City Courier. Willie Thomas is also brother to Mr. Bullwinkle.

About the League

Committed to identifying gaps in services in Eastern Hillsborough area, assisted with finding funding, and securing the means to address identified community needs..

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Plant City MLK Festival
January 2016

Improvement League of Plant City
Owners of Bing House

Historic Glover School Campus
Bealsville, Incorporated


We value your support of this Plant City Historic Landmark. Click on the Donate/Support Link to take you to our donor page. The Improvement League of Plant City, Inc., is a 501c3 public charitable organization and all donations are tax exempt.

Get in Touch

  • Phone: (813) 757-6760
  • Email: ilpc@tampabay.rr.com
  • Address:
    205 South Allen Street
    Plant City, Florida 33563
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