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Exhibition spotlights old newspaper pages

(ran East, South editions)

Seven issues of local newspapers' segregation-era "Negro news pages" will be exhibited at several locations during February, which is Black History Month.

The display will be shown at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE; Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S; and at two branches of the St. Petersburg public library: James Weldon Johnson, 1111 18th Ave. S, and Mirror Lake, 280 Fifth St. N.

The St. Petersburg Times and the St. Petersburg Evening Independent published what was called a Negro news page for about 30 years starting in the late 1930s. The page featured news about the city's African-American population and was distributed only in the African-American community.

The pages on display are a part of the estate of the late Norman E. Jones, a former multimedia journalist and public relations consultant.

The exhibit also includes a wall version of the Norman E. Jones News Scrap Book, which highlights the events of Jones' careers in Tampa Bay during the 1950s and '60s.

Norman Jones Jr., the exhibition's curator, will kick off the display by speaking about his father's career at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson branch and at 10 a.m. and noon Friday at the Mirror Lake branch.

A reception will be held at the museum at 4 p.m. Feb. 29 to honor former Times columnist Peggy Peterman and former City Council member Ernest Fillyau, who worked on the Negro news pages. The museum will have the exhibition starting Feb. 16.

For information, call the museum, 894-1052; the Johnson branch, 893-7113; the Mirror Lake branch, 893-7268; or Norman Jones Jr., 895-4126.