The persistence of memory


For the last 20 years, St. Petersburg's African-American community searched for a place to preserve the area's rich history. Last April, they found their spot in the form of a 4,000-square-foot museum. The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum, named after the African-American historian who founded Black History Month, commemorates another milestone this month: its first exhibit. The Remembering St. Petersburg Oral History Exhibit tells the stories of longtime Jordan Park residents via tape-recorded interviews and family memorabilia. Several young people compiled the content earlier this year as part of a Front Porch grant project, and more of these oral histories are expected to be presented in the coming months. Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 30, 4 p.m., 2240 Ninth Ave. S., St. Petersburg, free admission, 727-323-1104.

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