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Maria Messina Greco delivered over 12,000 babies during her career as a midwife. She was a graduate of the University of Palermo, Italy, where she attained a degree in midwifery. She came to Tampa in 1906 as one of the first university trained midwives in the area. She delivered babies throughout Tampa until retiring in the late 1930s.
Skepticism was enormous despite Henry Flagler's reputation as the man whose railway, steamship, and hotel ventures had brought much of Florida from backwoods to modernity in a few busy decades.
In the early days of Tampa, you could stand on the banks of the Hillsborough River and if the wind was blowing just right, you might smell the thick aroma of cedar permeating the air. As cigar factories from Palmetto Beach to West Tampa hummed with workers, a number of ancillary businesses sprouted to support the booming industry.
A subject many Americans still do not like to talk about–child labor. “The Exposure of Ignorance” will introduce you to Lewis W. Hine, a well known photographer who traveled across America in the early 1900s to expose child labor.
Music was one key factor in unifying the various ethnicities of Ybor City into a “Latin” community. Read the story of how the dances organized in Ybor City between 1900 and 1950 brought together a cross-section of residents to help create the unique Ybor culture.
Many famous artists have graced the stage at the Springs Theater. Jennifer Lopez rented the space for private rehearsals when she performed at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. Robert Smith of rock band The Cure recorded vocal tracks there. Swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin, and the Florida Orchestra have all recorded compositions at the theater.
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Don Victoriano, of course, was a heroic leader of the strike. He spoke almost every night at meetings in the cafes of Seventh Avenue, to the clubs, Centro Asturiano, Centro Espanol, Cuban Club and veterans' organizations.
The Fuente Fuente Opus X cigar is filled with much more than tobacco. Every Opus X has a piece of Carlito Fuente’s soul inside of it. It is more than a cigar–it is Carlito Fuente’s legacy. It is an extension of who he is.
Chicago Bears’ hero Rick Casares, a product of Jefferson High School who credits his tight-knit West Tampa neighborhood for helping keep him on the right track. He is one of the greatest players to ever play for one of the–NFL’s most storied franchises.