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Lost black neighborhoods of Tampa left paper trail

Tampa reminds itself every day of the time it committed cultural suicide — that insane period 50 years ago when folks seemed to want to wipe out everything old. Gone in great swipes of bulldozers was much of the evidence of the two great forces that shaped modern Tampa — cigars and race. At least a fair amount of Tampa's cigar history remains. But the obliteration of historic black neighborhoods in the 1960s and '70s was so thorough that University of South Florida anthropology students sometimes go digging in them, as though they were Roman ruins.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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