Bus to Destiny

Here you can find video footage that was available in the original Bus to Destiny CD-ROM. This footage includes interviews and pictures.

The 1st Annual Community History Fair

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A community gathering that celebrated local African American history with St. Petersburg’s neighbors and historians.

The First 20 Years of the Black History Pageant

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The Black History Pageant at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg brought together the past and present as cast members from pageants of the past two decades joined together with 1998’s participants.

Founded by Peggy Peterman, a former columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, the pageant was conceived out of a concern that African-American children had no place to showcase their talents.

Tampa Bay Juneteenth Celebration

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Juneteenth is one of the oldest African-American observances. It celebrates the day slaves in Florida and some other states learned — many months later — that slavery had ended with the penning of the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration, held in mid June, included a Candle Light Vigil, a Family Funfest day and Musical Extravaganza.

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