Bing museum taking bids for restoration
The Bing Rooming House Museum is pushing ahead with the second phase of its restoration.
The museum at 205 S Allen St. was once a hotel for African-Americans during the segregation era. Athletes and celebrities stayed during trips through town.
In 1999, James Washington, who grew up in the 1920s-era house, deeded the property to the Improvement League of Plant City so it could be restored and converted to a museum focused on local black history.
In September, the Improvement League unveiled the restored first floor, including one of the bedrooms where the Bing family lived. Now, after raising $65,000, the league is accepting bids from contractors to restore the second floor and rear living quarters. Bids must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 6. The second floor contained eight bedrooms for overnight guests.
During segregation, the Bing House served as one of only four area rooming houses for African-Americans. Negro League Baseball players stayed there when in town to play the Plant City Aces. Musicians Muddy Waters and James Brown stayed overnight when they stopped by, local historians say.
Concert will mark church's 105th year
Cedar Grove Baptist Church celebrates its 105th anniversary this weekend with a gospel performance by the Gulf State Quartet. Admission is free. The concert is set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Cake and coffee will be served during intermission. The "homecoming" celebration continues Sunday with a worship service at 11 a.m. led by the Rev. Fred Wright. A covered-dish lunch will follow. Call (813) 967-6532 for more information.
Planning panel has a vacancy
The city is looking for applicants to the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. Appointments to the citizen-led agency are voluntary. Go to plantcitygov.com for the application. The deadline to return completed forms to the Plant City Clerk's Office is Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Bruton library hosts video game program
Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., is offering a video game summer program in meeting room A/B on Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. Students must be entering grades 5-12 in August to participate. Gamers may use the library's PlayStation console or laptop computers. Call the library at (813) 757-9215 for more information.