Riverwalk's Historical Monument Trail to Honor Tampa's Foundation - Initiative Recognizes Significant People and Events in Tampa?s History
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in partnership with the Friends of the Riverwalk, today unveiled the six (6) 2013 honorees whose busts will be placed along the Historical Monument Trail that will wind 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, statues and monuments to educate the public about significant events and noteworthy people that have shaped the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County.
"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, monuments to the inaugural six historical honorees were unveiled in 2012.
The 2013 honorees are:
- Cyril Blythe Andrews, newspaper entrepreneur and leader;
- Cody Fowler, nationally acclaimed attorney known for his fight for justice and equality;
- Kate V. Jackson, businesswoman, philanthropist, environmentalist and leader;
- Peter O. Knight, attorney who shaped many of today's businesses and political institutions;
- Paulina Pedroso, Cuban freedom organizer and civil rights leader; and,
- Garfield Devoe Rogers, businessman, philanthropist and creator of Rogers Park.
A biography of each honoree may be found at www.facebook.com/RiverwalkMonumentTrail. More than 30 monuments are planned for the Riverwalk.
Moving forward the historian panel 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.
"Our goal is to preserve and honor the local people who created a lasting impact on Tampa," said Steve Anderson, President of the Friends of the Riverwalk. "As we write down the most important notes in Tampa's history, the whole community should be a part of that."
Noteworthy persons chosen for a monument must be deceased for at least 15 years, have made a lasting positive impact on the history of Tampa, served or influenced the community, left a lasting legacy and resided in Tampa or Hillsborough County.
The public can nominate historic persons to the Historic Trail Selection Committee, c/o Friends of the Riverwalk, at 200 S. Parker St., Tampa, Fla., 33606, or via its website at www.TampaRiverwalkHistoricTrail.com.
About the Tampa Riverwalk
The Friends of the Riverwalk is a 501 (c) (3), not for profit, organized to enhance quality of life and build a stronger sense of community in Tampa by preserving the waterfront for use by our citizens and visitors in a way that inspires a sense of ownership and invites active participation in city life. To learn more about the Tampa Riverwalk and Friends of the Riverwalk, go to www.TheTampaRiverWalk.com. To learn more about the Historical Monument Trail go to www.facebook.com/RiverwalkMonumentTrail or www.TampaRiverwalkHistoricTrail.com.