Located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s historic district, the Carter G. Woodson Museum is a demonstration of the ongoing commitment to preserve African-American history.
The Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum has provided longstanding stewardship in a city that basks in rich historical and cultural preservation. Noted in a national publication as “One of the 19 Must-See American History Museums in the Nation” for the past decade, the Woodson had been operating without an executive director or full-time staff. It has collected the highest rankings of any local museum, and Facebook lists it with a 4.8 ranking, tied with the Dali. The experience is unique, powerful – and free of charge. The African Diaspora is always the central focus of the museum’s program, and the exhibitions include the work of local artists, as well as educational activities for the public.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
The museum was created in early 2006 and funded by a multi-million dollar federal grant that has allowed it to become a prime destination celebrating diversity and inclusion. The museum presents the important voice of one segment of the St. Petersburg, Florida community in the perspective of local, regional, and national history, culture and society. It is another demonstration of the commitment to revitalize the Midtown St. Petersburg area.
Core values/mission statement
The mission of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is twofold: 1) To preserve, present, and interpret African American history, and to engage a broad and diverse audience through these activities. 2) To promote an understanding among various groups that comprise the St. Petersburg community to enhance our ability as a society to respect, value diversity and foster equal rights and social justice.
Terri Lipsey Scott leads The Carter G. Woodson museum's initiatives and exhibitions program with an emphasis on community engagement. She has developed opportunities that include mentorships, music classes, programming, tea parties and advocacy for the disenfranchised. Her leadership and service have helped the museum become a thriving cultural center.