The Curtis Museum serves as a repository of historical and cultural information and physical artifacts primarily relating to African Americans in Pinellas County, Florida.
Located in a building that once served as a school for African American children, Curtis Elementary School, and named after renowned educator S.W. Curtis, the museum is located in Clearwater, Florida.
The museum was the brainchild of Sandra Rooks and Randy Lightfoot, two Pinellas County educators. Incorporated in April 2000, the two thought of the idea when they were teaching a summer class in African American history at a local high school.
Throughout the year the museum houses a permanent exhibit, “The Triumphs and Tribulations of African Americans in Pinellas County, Florida.”
The museum also hosts several traveling exhibits throughout the year, including “A Gallery of African American Leadership,” and the “Creative Quilt Exhibition” (on loan from Quilting Sisters of Color II).
Artifacts Collections include The Midwife Della Jackson Birth Records, as well as various historical photos, historical school yearbooks, historical church and funeral programs, and antique furnishings, art, and publications.