Nestled outside of downtown St. Petersburg is a neighborhood that holds a lot of African American history. So much history, in fact, that 19 markers were designated to tell the neighborhood’s story on a fascinating walking tour called the African American Heritage Trail.
The trail highlights life from 1860 to 1968 as you go by businesses, churches, schools, social clubs and houses. As one example, you’ll learn how John Donaldson, the first person of African American descent in St. Petersburg, was a leader in Pinellas County breaking away from Hillsborough County.
Guided tours of the trail resume in the fall.