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Carver City-Lincoln Gardens

Two Neighborhoods, One Community, One Vision

 
 
Carver City-Lincoln Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2019
1. Carver City-Lincoln Gardens Marker
Inscription.  In 1928, this area, home to a few homesteaders, fishermen and farmers, witnessed the construction of the first modern homes for African Americans at 4125 West Arch and 4104 West Laurel Streets. It was not until the transition of Black soldiers returning home from World War II and others transitioning to the Korean War that it came to the attention by MacDill Field Base Housing that there were no accommodations for Black soldiers and their families. Black veterans were not able to take advantage of the housing provisions of the GI Bill after the end of WWII because of the discrimination policies of the Federal and local governments. It was through the efforts and persistence of those first military veterans and families that in 1948, the Veterans administration, at the urging of MacDill Field Base Housing developed the first planned Black subdivision, "Lincoln Gardens" in the Carver City area. The first model homes were built on Spruce Street (3903, 3905, and 3907) in Lincoln Gardens. In 1983, the Lincoln Gardens and Carver City subdivisions came together to form one civic association and neighborhood. What were once dirt roads, watering holes
Carver City-Lincoln Gardens Marker looking west on Spruce Street from Dale Mabry Highway image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2019
2. Carver City-Lincoln Gardens Marker looking west on Spruce Street from Dale Mabry Highway
and a habitat for opossum, deer and rabbits, is today, a multi-ethnic community composed of 850 homes.
 
Erected 2016 by Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council, Carver City-Lincoln Gardens Civic Association.
 
Location. 27° 57.575′ N, 82° 30.363′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of West Spruce Street and Dale Mabry Highway (U.S. 92), on the right when traveling west on West Spruce Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hugh C. Macfarlane (was approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing. ); George Guida (approx. 0.7 miles away); West Tampa Centennial (approx. one mile away); The Andres Diaz Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex (approx. 1.3 miles away); William Benton Henderson (approx. 1.3 miles away); Centro Español de West Tampa (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Beginning of the Cigar Industry in West Tampa (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, KoreanWar, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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