Tampa Residents Want ‘Forgotten’ Historically Black Town of Dobyville Preserved and Added to City’s Historic District

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Richard Doby is the name behind Tampa, Florida’s forgotten African American town of Dobyville. But the white woman who lives in Doby’s house is working on getting Dobyville added to the Historic District.

Doby’s original home is still standing in what used to be an all-Black community that he created, Tampa Bay.com reports. Over time, the structure survived racist threats and drastic changes to the surrounding environment. Now the current homeowner is working to preserve the town’s history, even if it’s not her own.

“I have a responsibility to this house and its history,” Tara Nelan said. “It needs to be recognized for its importance.”

Nelan purchased the home in April 2020 and has been lobbying with her neighbors to have the historically-Black town of Dobyville preserved in the Local Hyde Park Historic District. The town once held a school and cemetery, which were all razed over the last century.

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SOURCE: Black Enterprise