Children and parents playing outside in front of a wall mural in the Deuces Live district during the day.

The Deuces Live District is the heart of a vibrant and prosperous African-American community on St. Pete’s south side.

The Deuces Live District

Deuces Live helps make St. Pete the diverse city that it is. This historic neighborhood teems with Black history and culture.


It's here that you'll discover local landmarks such as the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and the iconic Black Lives Matter street mural.

You'll also see the historic Royal Theater, a place where local Black residents could go to the movies during segregation (today, the old theater contributes to the well-being of the community as home to the Boys & Girls Club). Check out the Great Futures Start Here mural on the side of the unusual Quonset hut-style building; local school children helped paint it. 

Don't Miss It: St. Petersburg Black History Bike Tours are offered on Saturdays from September through December.

 

Why The Deuces is a Must-See Spot

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. 

A historical photo of a band at the Manhattan Casino
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The African American Heritage Trail

Learn about the Black community that settled here, as well as its challenges and triumphs, on a self-guided tour of the African American Heritage Trail in south St. Pete.

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Explore Deuces Live

You'll find Deuces Live in south St. Pete, around 22nd Street South and 9th Avenue South. When visiting, it's easiest to park at the free parking lot across from the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. There's also free street parking nearby.

Check out some of the unique attractions and businesses in our Deuces Live map, below!