African American Heritage Trail

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A Walk Through History

The African American Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour that provides an overview of the African American influence and history in St. Pete. Covering more than a dozen city blocks in South St. Pete’s downtown area, nineteen markers identify landmarks and provide details about the history of St. Pete’s African American community.

Individuals, groups, and classes can arrange for a guided tour (walking or by trolley) by contacting the African American Heritage Association. 

The African American Heritage Project 

The African American Heritage Project identifies the people and places significant to African American history in St. Pete. Many areas of the city were identified, however the first phase of the project focuses on the neighborhood surrounding 22nd Street South and includes businesses, churches, schools, social clubs, cemeteries, houses, and recreation areas. While there is an emphasis on existing properties, some important places that were demolished are also identified. 

Experience the African American Heritage Trail

The trail is split into two corridors that provide a glimpse into the varied culture of this South St. Pete neighborhood. Both trails begin at the Carter G. Woodson Museum at 2240 9th Ave. S

Community, Culture, and Commerce — 22nd St. S. Corridor

This section of the tour focuses on the rich cultural heritage of the neighborhood, community leaders, landmark businesses, and the evolution of the neighborhood from the Jim Crow era through desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement. The 22nd Street Trail is approximately 1.25 miles long and includes ten trail stops.

Faith, Family, and Education — 9th Ave. S. Corridor

This section of the tour delves into the more personal aspects of life in the community, highlighting the local schools, housing stock, community organizations, and churches that enriched the social fabric of the neighborhood. The 9th Avenue Trail is approximately 1.25 miles long and includes ten trail stops.