Roberts City

Roberts City (HM1R21)

Location: Tampa, FL 33607 Hillsborough County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 57.247', W 82° 28.085'

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In 1909, cigar manufacturer J.W. Roberts and Sons Company moved into an abandoned cigar factory on Garcia Avenue and Green Street. The neighborhood, bordered on the north and east by the Hillsborough River, on the south by Cass Street, and on the west by North Boulevard, was then reborn as Roberts City. Unusual among Tampa's neighborhoods, it included a mix of Italians, Spaniards, Cubans, African Americans, Bahamians and Anglos. African Americans could not escape the laws that mandated segregated facilities. Still, whites and blacks in Roberts City largely ignored Tampa's ethnic and racial social barriers.

Boxing played a prominent role in Roberts City and many world-renowned boxers trained at the Buena Vista Hotel. The neighborhood also had its own grocery, pharmacy, hotel, and fish market. In 1938, Clara Frye Hospital opened to serve the city's black population.

In the early and mid-1960s, almost all the homes and businesses in Roberts City were razed to make room for the interstate highway and for Tampa's Riverfront urban renewal project. Still, former residents of Roberts City fondly remember their neighborhood and sponsored this historic marker to remind others of the strong community that once thrived.
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HM NumberHM1R21
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Year Placed2006
Placed ByHillsbourgh County Historical Advisory Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 1:05pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 355584 N 3092987
Decimal Degrees27.95411667, -82.46808333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 57.247', W 82° 28.085'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 57' 14.82" N, 82° 28' 5.1" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)813
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1301 North Blvd, Tampa FL 33607, US
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