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Supporters Rally for St. Petersburg African-American Museum

Ellery Butler

During an event billed as a “Call to Assemble,” about 100 people gathered at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum to voice their opposition to a January 22nd decision by the St. Petersburg Housing Authority to sell the property.

That decision brought condemnation from throughout the historic neighborhood and from city leaders who support the current location.

St. Petersburg City Councilman Steve Kornell was in attendance to show his support. He said the city council and the mayor are still looking into whether the housing authority has the ultimate say over if the property can be sold. But, he added it’s about more than that.

“It’s a matter of doing what’s right for the community," he says. "Even if it’s legally right for the housing authority to sell the building, it’s morally wrong.”

Following comments by community leaders in support of the museum, those in attendance held hands and formed a human band around the building in a show of solidarity.

Terri Lipsey-Scott, Chair of the Executive Board for the Museum said she was touched by the outpouring of support from the community, and she feels this controversy may end up ultimately benefiting the facility.

Credit Ellery Butler
Supporters form a human chain around the building to show support for the Woodson Museum

“It appears that our funding stream will begin to grow as a result of folks now knowing that we indeed exist. So we’re hopeful that what was intended for evil will in fact be something really good for the Woodson Museum.

M.S. Butler joined WUSF in October, 2014 after becoming the first recipient of the Stephen Noble Intern Scholarship. A Bay Area resident since 1999, he became a full-time student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in Fall 2012.He has written articles for the school newspaper The Crow’s Nest covering topics ranging from seasonal flu shots to students carrying guns on campus.
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