The Hon. Judge E.J. Salcines, to be honored with two events by the City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council, a statue at the Hillsborough County Court House followed by Salcines Day to be celebrated at the West Tampa Library.
On Friday, October 27 at 2 pm, the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council, joined by City and Hillsborough County officials, will unveil a bronze statue of The Hon. E.J. Salcines at the Hillsborough County Court House at 419 N. Pierce Street.
Salcines’ career in the law profession exceeds fifty years, including twenty-two years as local prosecuting attorney and fifteen as judge on the Second District Court of Appeal. He is also well-known throughout the region as an orator on local and Florida history. As State Attorney, Salcines hired the first African-American, first female and first disabled Assistant State Attorneys, and many of his former Assistant State Attorneys have assumed state or federal judgeships or other leadership positions. Funds for the statue, which will become Hillsborough County property, were privately raised in partnership with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. A reception will follow at the Fred Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy, hosted by the George Edgecomb Bar Association and the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association.
On Saturday, October 28, from 11 am to 2 pm, the Council, in partnership with the Hillsborough County Public Libraries, the City of Tampa’s Arts Program and its Archives & Records Division, will host Salcines Day at the West Tampa Library, 2312 W. Union Street. The Arts Program’s Color Me West Tampa coloring book will debut and the Archives Division’s Tampa Photo Supply photo archive will be featured. USF Emeritus Professor, Dr. Gary Mormino will close the event with a presentation at 1 pm. The West Tampa Optimist Club and the West Tampa Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the event.
Both events are free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Donna Parrino, with the MHAC at (813) 961-2567 or Melisa Martinez with the City of Tampa at (813) 274-3193.
For additional information, please contact:
Melisa Martinez, Liaison