The Woodson Museum is a community hub with an array of traveling cultural exhibits and events, including art shows, concerts, poetry and book readings, community activism events and more. The Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival is held here each winter, along with other fun happenings. Perhaps one of the area's best-kept local secrets is the gorgeous garden behind the museum, a popular spot for weddings and events.
The museum is also the starting point for St. Pete’s self-guided African American Heritage trail, along which you’ll learn the stories of key people, places and moments from the city’s rich Black history. Important sites include the Historic Manhattan Casino, a former dance hall where music greats such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and B.B. King. performed. The building now houses 22 South Food Hall.
In addition to the food hall, other notable dining spots include Chief's Creole Cafe – known for its hospitality as well as its delicious dishes – and Lorene's Fish & Crab House, a St. Pete dining landmark.
If you happen to be exploring The Deuces on a Sunday, be sure to stop in at Cultured Books, a Black-owned mobile bookstore that comes to the Well at 833 22nd St. South from 1 - 4 p.m. You'll find a wide selection of children's books by authors who are people of color.