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Garden 205 - Black Organizations of Tampa

Posted By Juan Silva, Saturday, April 12, 2014
Garden 205 - Black Organizations of Tampa

Address: Riviera Isles, Dykes Rd  Miramar FL, 33027

Blacks in the  United States are known to have endured many years of discrimination, but despite this major set-back they found important ways to promote self-help amongst the black community in order to move on to a better life; a better nation. One important location for the growth of hope and prosperity within the black community was in Tampa Florida in the 1900's. Included in some of these efforts are, for example, the "Afro-American Civic League" which was established in 1912, as well as the "Harriet Tubman Mother's Club”. In these two cases are examples of the black community in Florida's early history trying to unite in order to overcome the horrible treatment that they were receiving, and help each other out as it was all they really had. Had it not been for the strength within their community, our lives would be extremely different as we know it. This is really difficult to imagine, especially here in South Florida where there is an immense amount of diversity that is impossible to ignore. Without the help of these and many other organizations of blacks and the people who decided to make a difference for the better of the people, we would not be the immense, integrated, and diverse community that we see here in the United States and more specifically here in Florida. I am therefore dedicating this small garden of flowers here in the very entrance of Riviera Isles for everyone to enjoy, along with the goal of reminding them of the impact our past has made in our present day lives. I felt this would be a perfect place as it is somewhere where many people pass by and sit down every day in order to relax. Also, not to mention the beautiful backdrop with a huge Lake and fountain symbolizing hope for the future and peace. 

Sign Picture Credits:

http://www.chronogram.com/DailyDose/archives/2012/12/27/suny-new-paltz-professor-gets-grant-for-harriet-tubman-opera

http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/photos/gov/health/0369.htm

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