Riverwalk’s Historical Monument Trail to Honor 6 More "Greats"

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in partnership with the Friends of the Riverwalk, today unveiled six (6) monuments to be placed along the Historical Monument Trail that winds around Tampa’s Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel.  In what is already serving as a source of pride for the Tampa community, the Historic Trail uses busts and monuments to educate the public about significant events and noteworthy people that have shaped the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County.  Today's unveiling brings the total to 30.

 “The Trail allows us to remember and honor those who were so committed and dedicated to moving our community forward,” commented Mayor Buckhorn.  “As importantly, it is a place where our citizens not only connect along this incredible Riverwalk, but they will also be able to connect to one another through a shared history that has brought them to it.”

 Chosen by a panel of esteemed Tampa historians and folklore experts appointed by the Friends of the Riverwalk, the 2017 honorees are:


  • Frank Adamo, M.D.(1893 - 1988) medical doctor from Tampa; hero of Bataan Death March
  • Elizabeth D. Barnard(1881 - 1960) first woman postmaster of Tampa
  • Ossian B. Hart(1821 - 1874) Tampa attorney; governor of Florida
  • Victoriano Manteiga(1894 – 1982) lector in the cigar factories; founder of La Gaceta newspaper
  • Benjamin Mays(1894 - 1984) former head of the Tampa Urban League; distinguished career in the national civil rights movement
  • Stephen M. Sparkman(1849 - 1929) Attorney and Congressman from Tampa; headed the rivers and harbors committee and steered funding to Tampa for the initial improvement and dredging of a shipping channel through Hillsborough Bay to downtown Tampa


A biography of each honoree may be found at www.TheTampaRiverwalk.com.  

Moving forward the historian panel selection committee will continue to curate the Monument Trail, and the public at large will be engaged to offer suggestions about additional historic figures as well as seminal events in Tampa and Hillsborough County’s history.  The monuments will continue to be funded through private contributions.

 “Our goal is to honor those who created a lasting positive impact on Tampa,” said Steve Anderson, Chair of the Historical Monument Trail. “As we celebrate the most important events in Tampa's history, the whole community should be a part of that.”

 Noteworthy persons chosen for placement on the Trail must be deceased for at least 15 years, have made a lasting positive impact on the community, served or influenced the community, left a lasting legacy and resided in Tampa or Hillsborough County.

 The public can also nominate historic persons to the Historic Trail Selection Committee, c/o Friends of the Riverwalk, via its website at www.TheTampaRiverwalk.com.

About the Tampa Riverwalk

The Friends of the Riverwalk is a 501 (c) (3), not for profit entity.  It is organized to enhance the quality of life and build a stronger sense of community in Tampa by preserving the waterfront for use by our citizens and visitors. To learn more about the Tampa Riverwalk, Historical Monument Trail and Friends of the Riverwalk, go to www.TheTampaRiverWalk.com

Sponsor's for Riverwalk Historical Monument Trail (2017)

Bright House Networks/Spectrum, Hillsborough County, The Beck Group, Mosaic, the Tampa Bay Host Committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention and others.