Tampa Bay History Center’s downtown walking tour about Fortune Taylor happens again this weekend

It profiles the iconic local landowner and freed slave.

click to enlarge The Fortune Taylor walking tour meets at John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 2, 2021. - Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Bay History Center
The Fortune Taylor walking tour meets at John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 2, 2021.


Madame Fortune Taylor, namesake of Tampa’s Fortune Taylor Bridge and Fortune Street, was an ex-slave, community leader, and businesswoman who owned 30 acres along the Hillsborough River in what is now Downtown Tampa.

This mile-long, 90-minute walking tour by Tampa Bay History Center highlights the land she owned, letting attendees get a glimpse into her life. Advance tickets are required, and the tour meets at John F. Germany Public Library (not the History Center).

Madame Fortune Taylor Walking Tour. Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. $10-$20. 900 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. tampabayhistorycenter.org

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