Hillsborough County to explore creating new African-American art museum

TAMPA — Hillsborough County’s last African-American art museum lasted only about six years before it closed in 1997 due to financial woes.

Now, county leaders want to try again.

County commissioners on Wednesday gave unanimous support to a proposal from Commissioner Les Miller to explore establishing a new museum, likely in downtown Tampa. It would showcase past and present African-American paintings, sculpture, jewelry, costume and other art and crafts.

“This is something that is vitally important,” said Miller, the county’s only black commissioner. “It teaches a rich history of what happened in Hillsborough County.”

The vote instructs county staff to begin looking for potential sites on county and city of Tampa land or to seek land from a benefactor. They must also put…

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