ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - Museums are a large part of the appeal of St. Petersburg, Florida, but a lesser-known museum should go on your list of must-see attractions due to its historical significance.
At the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, literature tells the story of the struggle for freedom.
The museum's executive director, Terri Lipsey Scott says, "We have some of the most robust programming in the southeast region that relates to African American art, history, and culture."
The museum was founded in 2006 in the former home of the area's first black housing community, Jordan Park.
"Just being in this space that was created for African Americans exclusively during a time of segregation has its own story," Scott said.
The museum is not exclusively about historical artifacts and literature. It supports the black community today by creating opportunities for African Americans to showcase their talents.
"We bring in countless artists, authors, speakers," explained Scott.
The museum has a legacy garden that was planted in 2008 for residents to use for special events.
"It was extremely important to us not to create walls, but a beautiful advantage for not only them to look-in and appreciate the garden but to be a part," Scott said.
Since 2006 more than 200 artists have added canvas to the walls at the museum, showcasing a rich legacy where history comes alive.
The museum is named after Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of African American History.