Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay

Beaches, Benches and Boycotts

An original exhibition of The Florida Holocaust Museum.The focus of most Civil Rights history is written about places like Alabama and Mississippi, as if few challenges occurred elsewhere. Tampa Bay remained racially segregated at the dawn of the Civil Rights era and many local institutions and establishments held out on integration for several years after Brown v. the Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under “Jim Crow” every aspect of African American life in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and their surrounding cities was segregated. Restricted covenants were in place that segregated residential neighborhoods. African American children had to attend segregated schools that were under-funded and often in disrepair. Blacks could only be cared for at “Black only” hospitals, and other public and private establishments like restaurants and beaches were often segregated – if blacks were allowed in at all. The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay may have had characteristics similar to other areas of the South but its stories are its own. This exhibition will illuminate our region’s struggle with racial equality and shine a light on the local leaders who changed our cities."Beaches, Benches and Boycotts" is presented by the Tampa Bay Times. The exhibition will be on display at The Florida Holocaust Museum from August 1 to December 1, 2015.Museum admission: $16 adults, $14 seniors, $10 college students, $8 students under 18

Date and Time:

10:00am - 5:00pm August 1, 2015 - December 1, 2015


The Florida Holocaust Museum
55 Fifth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Event Repeat Summary:

The Museum is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is on display now through December 1, 2015.

Contact Information:

Keeley Sheehan