Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City

Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City

This special focuses on the black men and women who made St. Petersburg the city it is today, reliving their times, their struggles, and their successes against all odds. Stories from the people who were lived through everything from fighting the Jim Crow Laws to the sanitation strike are here, sharing their experiences and the lessons that they leave for generations that come after them.

A Boston Bros. production, directed by David Boston.


  • Fighting Jim Crow / 1950’s
  • Black Owned Businesses
  • Pride in the Community
  • Spiritual Renewal
  • Social Life
  • Freedom Now / 1960’s
  • Sanitation Strike
  • School Desegregation
  • South Mole Beach

Those Involved:

  • Omali Yeshitela (Chairman, Uhuru Movement)
  • Rev. Frank Peterman Jr. (Pastor, Rock of Jesus M.B.C)
  • Mozelle Davis (Retired Educator)
  • Carolyn Brayboy (Owner, Chief’s Creole Café)
  • Minson Rubin (Retired Educator & Historian)
  • Betty Harden ((Retired, Social Worker)
  • Rev. Bob Perry (Pastor, Greater Grand Central M.B.C)
  • David Boston (TV Producer & Director)
  • Elihu Braboy (Owner, Chief’s Creole Café)
  • Gwendolyn Reese (Business Consultant)
  • Thomas Jet Jackson (Manager, Park & Recreation)
  • Fredrick Winters (Leader, Sanitation Strike)
  • Barbara Shorter (Former Principal Gibbs HS)