Weekly Challenger Chronology/Index & Tampa Bay African-American History Research Guide

Introduction: Digital USFSP Weekly Challenger Archive

The Weekly Challenger has documented the history of St. Petersburg's African American community since the newspaper was established by Cleveland Johnson Jr. in September 1967.

In March 2013 an agreement between the USFSP Nelson Poynter Memorial Library and the Johnson family allowed the library to become the home for existing issues of The Weekly Challenger. Since that time, the library and newspaper have worked together to create the Digital USFSP Weekly Challenger Archive.

VIDEOS

Chronology

Our chronology helps preserve and share historical stories from The Weekly Challenger

It begins with the founding of the newspaper in September 1967, and not only includes the history of The Weekly Challenger, but also the history of St. Petersburg's African-American community.

CHRONOLOGY

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010 - 2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Index


ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY
(ASALH, St. Petersburg, Florida, branch)

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CAMPBELL PARK NEIGHBORHOOD
"Campbell Park throughout the years."
By Jon Wilson, The Weekly Challenger, May 1, 2014.
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CHURCHES
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CLARKE, JOHNNIE RUTH  
"A warrior’s legacy continues."
(Johnnie Ruth Clarke, July 28, 1919 - May 15, 1978)
The Weekly Challenger, July 25, 2019.
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COURAGEOUS 12 
"City honors the Courageous 12 with plaque at new police building."  

By Roger Clendening, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 1, 2019.
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DAVIS, ENOCH D.  
"Enoch Davis Center Celebrates 25 Years Of Service." (Print version only)
By Sharon T. Melville, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 21, 2006.
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DAVIS, GOLIATH
"Exclusive Interview With Police Chief Goliath Davis." (Print version only)
By I.W. Williams, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 11, 1999, page 1.
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THE DEUCES (22nd Street South)
"Lighting up the Deuces."
By Frank Drouzas, The Weekly Challenger, June 22, 2017.
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DONALDSON, JOHN & ANNA GERMAIN
"Commemorating 150 years of black history in Pinellas County."
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 29, 2018.
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DOWNING , ALVIN J. ‘AL’
I AM: Alvin J. ‘Al’ Downing.”
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 16, 2017.
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EDUCATION
Education in early St. Pete.”
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Mar. 22, 2018.
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FOSTER, WINNIE
90 years young & vibrant.”
(This story is about an event honoring Winnie Foster’s 90th birthday.)
By Allen A. Buchanan, The Weekly Challenger, July 20, 2017.
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GAS PLANT NEIGHBORHOOD (TROPICANA FIELD)
"Residents still unsatisfied with the Tropicana redevelopment plan."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 14, 2018.
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HOPKINS, JOHN
I AM: John Hopkins, Sr.
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 18, 2018.
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HURSTON, ZORA NEALE
"Zora! Zora! Zora!" (Print version only)
The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 16, 1999, page 8.
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INTEGRATION
Integration in St. Pete.”
By Frank Drouzas, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 22, 2018.
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JAMERSON, DOUGLAS
"Capital Action." (Print version only)  
By Florida Legislature Representative Douglas Jamerson.
The Weekly Challenger, May 14, 1983, page 3.  
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JONES, NORMAN
I AM: Norman E. Jones, Sr.”
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 28, 2017.  
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JOHNSON, CLEVELAND
"The Weekly Challenger turns 50!"
By Lyn Johnson, The Weekly Challenger, print edition, Sep. 21, 2017. (Posted online Sep. 22, 2017.)  
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JORDAN, ELDER
"The life and legacy of Elder Jordan."
By Holly Kestenis, The Weekly Challenger, June 12, 2014.
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JORDAN PARK NEIGHBORHOOD
"Jordan Park Over the Years."
By Jon Wilson, The Weekly Challenger, April 17, 2014.
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KING, JR. MARTIN LUTHER
"Selma To Montgomery 25 Years." (Print version only)
By Benjamin F. Chavis, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 13, 1990, page 4.
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McLIN, OLIVE BEATRICE  
"I AM: A person with a building named after me, part 2."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, May 2, 2019.
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McRAE, PAUL
"Dr. Paul McRae: A Man of Excellence."
By Dexter McCree, The Weekly Challenger, Oct. 4, 2019.
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MANHATTAN CASINO
"I AM: The Manhattan Casino, part I."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, May 25, 2019.
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MERCY HOSPITAL
"Mercy Hospital and its pioneering physicians."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 2, 2018.
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METHODIST TOWN
"Our communities."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 28, 2019.
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MUSIC
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PECK, ROSALIE  
I AM: Rosalie Peck.”
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Apr. 19, 2018.
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PERKINS, GEORGE W.  
"I AM: George W. Perkins."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Nov. 30, 2017.
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PETERMAN, PEGGY
"Minister Peggy M. Peterman." (Print version only)
The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 29, 1998, page 1.  
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PONDER, FANNYE AYER
"Fannye Ayer Ponder: Her story lives on."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, June 14, 2018.
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PONDER, JAMES MAXIE
"Mercy Hospital and its pioneering physicians, part 2."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 13, 2018.
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REESE, GWENDOLYN
"I Am" Historical Columns Archive.
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, 2017 - Present. 
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ROYAL THEATER
"A gem on the Deuces."
By Ian MacCallum, The Weekly Challenger, July 3, 2014.
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ST. PETERSBURG AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE TRAIL
"The Heritage Trail three-day festival."  
By Holly Kestenis, The Weekly Challenger, October 16, 2014.
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SANDERLIN, JAMES B.
"James Sanderlin Takes His Second District Court Post." (Print version only)  
(1986 photographs)
The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 8, 1986, page 17.  
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SAVAGE, JOE
"I AM Joseph E. Savage."
By Gwen Reese, The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 24, 2018.
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SCOTT, TERRI LIPSEY
Stories that mention Terri Lipsey Scott.
The Weekly Challenger, Various dates.  
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SPORTS
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WIMBISH, C. BETTE
"Civil rights trailblazer memorialized."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, July 20, 2017.
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WIMBISH, RALPH
"Baseball & the Segregated South."
By Jon Wilson, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 27, 2014.  
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WOODSON MUSEUM
"Woodson Museum moves to Commerce Park with city’s $1 million pledge."
By Roger K. Clendening, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 14, 2019.
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YESHITELA, OMALI
Yeshitela vs. the mural.”
By Allen A. Buchanan and Carla Bristol, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 5, 2017.
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St. Petersburg African-American History Resources

USFSP NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS BUREAU

MUSEUM: DR. CARTER G. WOODSON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

MUSEUM: FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM CIVIL RIGHTS IN TAMPA BAY EXHIBIT

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION OF ST. PETERSBURG, FL

ST. PETERSBURG AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE TRAIL 

ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY
(ASALH, St. Petersburg, Florida, branch)

THE DEUCES 

OLIVE B. McLIN COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT

ADDITIONAL VIDEOS

RELATED RESOURCES

USFSP LIBRARY'S WEBSITE

BOOKS AND UNPUBLISHED THESES, DISSERTATIONS
 

Acosta, Indhira Suero. “Historical Black Press Newspapers and Technology Adoption:
The Weekly Challenger, Daytona Times, and Florida Courier.”
M.A. Thesis, University of South Florida, 2017.
 
Norfolk: Donning Co., 1988.
 
Bortolus, Jennifer Inge. “Fighting for Others: Peggy M. Peterman’s 31 Years at the St. Petersburg Times.”
M.A. Thesis, University of South Florida, 2000.
 
Boston, Archie. Lil' Colored Rascals in the Sunshine City.
Los Angeles: Archie Boston Graphic Design, 2009.
 
Davis, Enoch D. On the Bethel Trail.
St. Petersburg: Valkyrie Press, 1979.
 
Henig, Adam. Forward by Ralph Wimbish Jr.  
Baseball Under Siege: The Yankees, the Cardinals, and a Doctor's Battle to Integrate Spring Training.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
 
Peck, Rosalie and Jon Wilson. St. Petersburg's Historic 22nd Street South.
Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.

----. St. Petersburg's Historic African American Neighborhoods: Community, Culture, and Connection.
Charleston, SC: History Press, 2008.   
 
Rooks, Sandra W. St. Petersburg Florida. Black America Series.
Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.
 
Steele, Carol S. The Effect of Baseball's Arrival on an African American Community: A Study of Contested Terrain.
Dissertation, The Fielding Institute, 2000.
 

Tampa African-American History Resources

ARTICLES

VIDEOS & AUDIO

FLORIDA SENTINEL-BULLETIN NEWSPAPER

COLLECTIONS

PROJECTS

BOOKS

Brady, Rowena Ferrell. Things Remembered: An Album of African Americans in Tampa.
Tampa: University of Tampa Press, 1997.  

Brown, Canter. African Americans on the Tampa Bay Frontier. 
Tampa: Tampa Bay History Center, 1997.

----. Genealogical Records of the African American Pioneers of Tampa and Hillsborough County.
Tampa: Tampa Bay History Center, 2000.

Mitchell, Mozella G. African American Religious History in Tampa Bay.
Tampa: National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1992.

Odom, Ersula Knox. African Americans of Tampa.
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 

Florida African-American History Resources

STATE RESOURCES

COLLECTIONS

RELATED RESOURCES

BOOKS 

Colburn, David R. and Jane L. Landers, eds. The African American Heritage of Florida.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995. 

Jones, Maxine D. and Kevin M. McCarthy. African Americans in Florida.  
Sarasota: Pineapple Press, 1993.

Klingman, Peter D. Josiah Walls: Florida’s Black Congressman of Reconstruction.
Gainesville: University Presses of Florida, 1976.

Levy, Eugene D. James Weldon Johnson, Black Leader, Black Voice.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973.

McLeod, Yanela G. The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality:
Race, Sport, and the Black Press, 1948-1958
.
Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019.

Pride, Armistead Scott and Clint C. Wilson. A History of the Black Press.
Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1997.

Smith, Charles, ed. The Civil Rights Movement in Florida and the United States.
Tallahassee: Father and Son Publishing, 1989.

Suggs, Henry Lewis. The Black Press in the South, 1865-1979.
Westsport: Greenwood Press, 1983.

Thornbrough, Emma Lou. T. Thomas Fortune: Militant Journalist.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972.

Washburn, Patrick S. The African American Newspaper: Voice of Freedom.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2006.

Wolseley, Roland E. The Black Press, U.S.A. 2nd ed.
Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1990.