“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Roberts City

Roberts City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 31, 2015
1. Roberts City Marker
Inscription. 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.
Erected 2006 by Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council
Roberts City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 31, 2015
2. Roberts City Marker
Location. 27° 57.247′ N, 82° 28.085′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of North Boulevard and West Arch Street, on the right when traveling north on North Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the George M. Steinbrenner Family West Tampa Boys & Girls Club. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 N Boulevard, Tampa FL 33607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plant Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Schoolhouse (approx. half a mile away); Billy Graham Began Here (approx. half a mile away); Babe's Longest Homer (approx. half a mile away); Tampa Bay Hotel, 1891 (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Tampa Bay Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); 400th Anniversary of the Landing of Panfilo de Narvaez (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Brooke Battery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 122 times since then. Last updated on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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