This area of St. Petersburg, from 22nd Street South and along 9th Avenue South, was the former hub of black businesses, homes, and entertainment during the time of segregation.
The tour will include visits to the newly renovated Manhattan Casino, former entertainment venue for Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, to the site of the former segregated Mercy Hospital (now Johnnie Ruth Clarke Clinic), Royal Theater and other area landmarks.
The walking tour will be led by former St. Petersburg Times journalist, Jon Wilson and Gwendolyn Reese, president of the African American Association of St. Petersburg. The tour will culminate in a soul food luncheon in the Legacy Gardens of the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum.
Tour is free for SPP members and $5 for non-members. The garden luncheon is an extra $10. Not a bad way to spend your morning for under $20. The tour starts at 10 a.m. at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.