DISCOVER PLANT CITY - CULTURE, HISTORY, HERITAGE

Plant City African American Historic Selfie Tour


Explore the 25 Historic sites, Landmarks, Parks and even persons highlighting Plant City's African American History. Click the bottom of the page for a detailed listing.

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    Black Attorney Downtown

    Attorney Ted Taylor was the first African American Attorney to set up a practice as well as restoring a structure in historic downtown.

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    Black Railcar Porters

    The Willaford Museum serves as facility highlighting Plant City as a major railroad hub in the Southeastern United States dating back to 1920s.

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    Sam Cooper Park & Lake

    Named after civil rights activist Sam Cooper. He was known for his leadership and involvement with the Plant City NAACP prior to its merging with Tampa.

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    St. Luke MB Church

    Founded in 19xx and currently lead by Dr. Larry Sykes.

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    MLK Rec Center

    Built in 1962 to provide a recreational facility blacks in Plant City. The effort was lead by the late Mr. E.L. Bing, Principal of Marshall High.

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    Marshall High School

    One of 3 segregated high schools in Hillsborough County, Marshall now operates as a middle school.

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    Allen Chapel

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    Bing Gas Station

    The Bing Gas Station was owned and operated by Mr. E.L. Bing whom also ran a number of businesses in Plant City, Orlando, and Daytona Beach. Business closed in 1982.

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    Charlow Funeral Home

    The Charlow Funeral Home started in 1918 and was one of the primary black businesses that anchored the Laura Street Business District.

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    Bing House

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    Marie B. Ellis

    This renovated park operated as a Negro League Baseball Field from 1918 thru 1965. Plant City Aces, and Tampa Pepsi Cola Giants Teams played here. The park was also the backdrop for Music Artist Bishop Bullwinkle.

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    Mt. Moriah

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    Bethel Church

    Teh oldest African American Church in Plant City. Currently lead by Reverend Wiseman.

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    Snowden Park

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    Mt. Olive Church

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    PC PHOTO ARCHIVES

    The Photo Archives holds the largest collection of photographs of blacks in Plant City. As a partner they assemble a variety of exists for display in the Bing House.

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