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"It was Listed Among the Greats - Black Authors with Florida Ties!":
Colette Bancroft, of the Tampa Bay Times, named several authors with Florida ties as must reads. This book, African Americans of Tampa, was one of them. It was named along with such greats as Zora Neale Hurston, Rosalee Peck, Leonard Pitts and Tananarive Due.
Tampa has a fascinating past that has been wonderfully documented with one exception: African-Americans. This culturally rich community is virtually invisible in the eyes of history. Tampa’s population exploded during the early1900’s, and the building boom universally required the skills and talents of African-Americans, who provided services, labor, and entrepreneurship in a massive form. They played significant roles in everything from Tampa’s wilderness era to its boomtown years and were key players in the first and second Seminole Wars with their Seminole alliance. African American soldiers captured Fort Brooke during the Civil War and fought in the Spanish-American War. Residents have endured Jim Crow, desegregation, and racial unrest yet thrived as entrepreneurs. Black Cubans, as part of the greater African-American community, enabled Tampa’s world-renowned cigar industry. The photographs found in clearly illustrate Tampa’s social and productive African-American community.
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