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Black History Month in Tampa Bay



In honor of Black History Month, the Tampa Bay Yelp Elite Squad spent a morning touring Tampa’s Central Avenue District, a locale known for its deep-rooted Black history. Ersula Odom — a historian, author, and business owner — led Elites on a 90-minute journey, sharing landmarks and local knowledge, infused with her own personal history and narratives. 

The tour began at Urban Lux at Tampa Park Plaza and featured stops at the Jackson House and Perry Harvey, Sr. Park. Along the way, guests learned about life in “The Scrubs” from the 1890s through the 1960s and its significance for activist Blanche Armwood, musician Ray Charles and more. 

Black History Month is a time to learn and honor the sacrifices, achievements, and journeys of African Americans, who helped shape the history of the nation and beyond. As Ersula Odom shared during the tour: 

“We teach, and we share, so that people can have conversations…” 

Read about the experience from the Elites’ point of view


The Central Tampa Walking Tour and several others ranging from Downtown Tampa to Ybor City are available to anyone through the Tampa Bay History Center. Register online for a tour by visiting their Events Calendar. You can stay up to date with the special events and exhibits at the Tampa Bay History Center on Instagram, @TampaBayHistory.

The Yelp Elite Event was made that much sweeter with mini bundt cakes for breakfast by Lizzie Cake. Save Lizzie Cakes on Yelp for your next sweet craving, and drool over her creations on Instagram @_Lizzie.cakes.

Visit Ersula Odom’s website, ersula10k.com  to find out where you can buy her books, as well as to connect with her personally. 

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