“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)


Dobyville Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., August 3, 2010
1. Dobyville Marker
Inscription. Dobyville, named for long-time resident Richard Cornelius Doby, was also known as West Hyde Park. By the 1920's, Dobyville was one of Tampa's primary African-American neighborhoods. The approximate historic boundaries went from Gray Street on the north to Horatio Street on the south and from Rome Avenue on the west to Willow Avenue on the east.
Doby, the grandfather of noted Hillsborough County educator Inez Doby, donated the land for Dobyville School, a segregated public school for African-Americans. The school, located at 407 S. Dakota Avenue, remained open until 1966. Several businesses and churches also served the area's residents.
After the zoning was changed in the 1950's to accommodate industrial uses and restrict the construction of new homes, the neighborhood's population north of Kennedy Boulevard declined. Construction of the South Crosstown Expressway, which opened in 1976, dealt a crushing blow to Dobyville. Many homes and businesses were demolished to clear the way for the road.
Although relatively few buildings remain from Dobyville's past, the neighborhood still is home to several long-time residents. Dobyville also lives in the hearts and memories of many of its former residents and their families.
Erected 2007 by Hillsborough County Historical Advisory
Dobyville Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Dobyville Marker
Location. 27° 56.492′ N, 82° 28.367′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Platt and S. Willow Ave on W. Platt. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33606, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alfred Reuben Swann (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Hyde Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jessamine Flowers Link (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hyde Park's Bungalow Terrace (approx. half a mile away); Plant Field (approx. half a mile away); Kate Jackson Recreation Center (approx. half a mile away); Spanishtown Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away); United Spanish War Veterans (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Categories. African AmericansEducationSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,000 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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