The Glazer Children's Museum and Tampa Hillsborough Library Cooperative are partnering for a new temporary exhibit at the Museum. The Tampa Story Listening Booth will be open the entire month of February allowing guests to hear audio clippings of Tampa's famous African American residents. Every Friday in February at Noon and 2pm, guests can then record their own stories as librarians will be at the Museum for short interviews. Their stories will then be stored in the Tampa Hillsborough Library Cooperative's online digital collection.
The tales will include audio from Ann Lowe, Lloyd Brown, Mary T. Cash, and Willie Robinson. Ms. Ann Lowe was an American fashion designer and the first African American to become a noted fashion designer. In 1953, she designed the ivory silk tafetta wedding dress worn by Jacqueline Bouvier when she married Senator John F. Kennedy. Lloyd Brown was a construction worker who helped build Tampa's Gandy Bridge; as Tampa's first African American nurse, Mary T. Cash also worked as a private duty nurse and midwife for the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Mr. Willie Robinson was a local barber, whose clientele included musician James Brown and Nat Cole.
Guests can also explore each of the selected residents' worlds with props including dress making, construction builds, and more. Tampa Stories is included with Regular Admission the Museum. Admission is $15 for adults, free for children under 1, $9.50 for children ages 1-12, and $12.50 for members of the military. For more information visit, GlazerMuseum.org.