Influential Black individuals
Blanche Armwood was a pioneer in Florida education. Learn about her incredible life and career.
You can view a bust of Blanche Armwood on the Historical Monumnet Trail along Tampa's Riverwalk. Her is located at marker number 28, click here.
Blanche Armwood, Educator born | American African Registery
Educator Blanche Armwood (Tampa Tribune) | Hillsborough County Public Library
The Success of Blanche Armwood (1890-1938) by Mary Burke | USF Scholar Commons
Faces behind the Places: Armwood High School | Hillsborough County Newsroom
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Robert "Bob" W. Saunders, Sr. was leading civil rights activist in Florida and former leader of the NAACP. Learn more about his extraordinary life.
Remembering Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library Demolition
Fred Hearns’ memory of the Robert W. Saunders, Sr., Public Library
Fred Hearns' memory of the Robert W. Saunders, Sr., Public Library from Library History Roadshow on Vimeo.
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. | Hillsborough County Public Library
Dr. Robert W. Saunders, Sr | USF Digital Collection
Madame Fortune Taylor
A former slave, business owner and community leader. She amassed more than 30 acres of land along the eastern bank of the Hillsborough River in the 1800s, Fortune Taylor was a true Tampa pioneer.