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Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Clara C. Frye

April 17, 1872-April 8, 1936

Clara C. Frye Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 23, 2016
1. Clara C. Frye Marker
Inscription.  When the 20th century began, medical care facilities for Tampa's black citizens were still non-existent. Clara Frye began caring for the sick and injured blacks in her three-room home in 1908. The financial struggles she faced on trying to provide the semblance of a hospital for them was met with greatly needed donations of dishes, bed linens, tools and various other articles from the St. James Episcopal Church.

Clara Frye built the first hospital for blacks in 1923. This two-story, frame building on Lamar Street was open for more than 28 years. Patients were never asked for payment.

In 1928, the City of Tampa purchased the hospital, and ten years later opened the Clara C. Frye Memorial Hospital in Roberts City, on the west bank the Hillsborough River. Much of the money to build the 62-bed hospital came from the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). Political and economic struggles, lack of funding, overcrowding and insufficient staffing led to the closing of the hospital and the demolition of the building in 1973. Howard W. Blake High School was later built on the site.

This marker is dedicated to the
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memory of Clara C. Frye, who committed her life to providing medical care to Tampa's black citizens. We hope that this recognition will inspire others to give to their community.
Erected 2003 by Tampa Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansScience & MedicineWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is April 17, 1872.
Location. 27° 57.491′ N, 82° 28.067′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Spruce Cove, 0.1 miles north of West Main Strert, on the right when traveling north. Marker can be found in the parking lot of Blake High School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 North Boulevard, Tampa FL 33607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roberts City (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lynching in America / The Lynching of Robert Johnson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Phillips Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tampa Free Public Library (approx. half a mile away); Billy Graham Began Here (approx. half a mile away); C. Cecilia Morse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pioneer Priests' Graves (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Clara C. Frye Marker in Blake HS parking lot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 23, 2016
2. Clara C. Frye Marker in Blake HS parking lot
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 789 times since then and 512 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2023