Segregation and Black Businesses

TAMPA -

Some of the jumpingest jazz joints in the South were once found along Tampa's Central Avenue. The black business district thrived in those days, ironically fed by Jim Crow laws that kept African-Americans from going to white stores.

That history will be a part of a discussion tonight entitled 'Entrepreneurs in the Segregated South.'

It's part of the Florida Heritage Celebration. 'From Cracker to Flapper' focuses from the 1880's through the 1920's.

More than 30 events are scheduled through April 15. It will include a discussion of the culture of Florida's ranchlands next week, an arts show inspired by historic Burgert Brothers photographs, and a tour of Bartow's only museum dedicated to local black history.

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