Historic Black clubhouse in St. Petersburg faces uncertain future

ST. PETERSBURG — At a time of impassioned discussion about whether to honor, destroy or mothball monuments and buildings that recall a controversial past, there’s uncertainty about the fate of a local segregation-era landmark.

The historic Melrose Clubhouse at 1801 Melrose Ave. S once was the center of civic and social gatherings for Black residents. Built as a meeting place for the City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs and dedicated in 1942, it hosted fundraisers for such causes as…

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