Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Anthony P. "Tony" Pizzo
1912 - 1994
Erected 1995 by City of Tampa.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 27° 57.659′ N, 82° 26.334′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on E. 8th Ave near Angel Oliva Senior St., on the right when traveling west. Located in Ybor City Historic District of Tampa at Ybor Centennial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayor Nick C. Nuccio (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony P. Pizzo (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Fort King Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Fire Station No. 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ybor Centennial Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Italian Club Life In TampaL’Unione Italiana (about 300 feet away); La Joven Francesa Bakery (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Regarding Anthony P. "Tony" Pizzo. Anthony P. Pizzo was born to Italian parents in Tampa on September 22, 1912. A graduate from Hillsborough High School, he demonstrated early leadership abilities in organizing the Latin community's most popular teenage social club, taking part in debate clubs and rallying behind the Hillsborough High Terriers as head cheerleader. Pizzo studied for two years at the University of Florida before transferring to Stetson University in Deland, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and studied law, education, and history.
Industrious at an early age, Pizzo sold newspapers on Ybor City's streets to earn spending money. At Stetson University, he worked his way through college by waiting on tables, working in the library and selling shoes. In college, he was elected into the Ye Mystic Krewe Fraternity, the most outstanding organization on the campus, membership in which is based on scholarship, leadership and honorary achievements.
A successful businessman after college, Pizzo was the Tampa agent for the Fidelity Mutual Life
He was the founder of the Tampa Historical Society and credited with the erection of more than 80 historical markers in Ybor City. Pizzo wrote several books, including Tampa Town 1824-1886 and The Italian Heritage in Tampa. He also coauthored Tampa-The Treasure City with history professor Gary Mormino of the USF.
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