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PHSC Celebrates its 50th Anniversary and Black History Month: Jackson House

The Jackson House

The Jackson House

During segregation, even famous musicians like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald were not welcome in white hotels, so they found lodging here.

  • The Jackson House in downtown Tampa was a boarding home that became famous for hosting prominent African American travelers to the Tampa Bay area.​
  • The family run boarding house hosted travelers between 1912- 1989​
  • While the boarding house was open, it hosted many prominent visitors including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, and James Brown.​
  • The house has fallen into disrepair over the years, but a vigorous preservation effort is underway to save the building. ​


Jackson House Foundation, 2015. Accessed Nov. 22, 2022.​

Koenig, Eric & Lori Collins, “The Jackson Rooming House Remembered and Re-envisioned,” USF Libraries, Feb. 19, 2021,