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Waterfront Parks Centennial celebration Thursday

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City Council has declared 2010 to be the Waterfront Parks Centennial Year and St. Petersburg Preservation is sponsoring a number of fun and free events to celebrate the centennial. The second in a series entitled “Perspectives on the Parks” includes a performance by renown singer Sharon Scott followed by a panel discussion looking back at the history of segregation in St. Petersburg and how it affected who could use the waterfront parks.  The panel, moderated by former Mayor Rick Baker, includes…

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Join St. Pete Preservation for a walking tour of the ‘Deuces’

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Hear the history of 22nd Street South, the vibrant, cultural main street of St. Petersburg’s Afro-American community during the segregation era. The tour, lasting approximately two hours, will be led by lifelong resident James Oliver, community historian Minson Rubin, and Jon Wilson, a retired St. Petersburg Times journalist who has co-authored two books on the city’s African-American history. See the renovated Manhattan Casion known as the home of “happy feet” and which featured entertainment giants Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Duke…

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Join St. Pete Preservation for a walking tour of the ‘Deuces’

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

Hear the history of 22nd Street South, the vibrant, cultural main street of St. Petersburg’s Afro-American community during the segregation era. The tour, lasting approximately two hours, will be led by lifelong resident James Oliver, community historian Minson Rubin, and Jon Wilson, a retired St. Petersburg Times journalist who has co-authored two books on the city’s African-American history. See the renovated Manhattan Casion known as the home of “happy feet” and which featured entertainment giants Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Duke…

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