St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church
This 1922 Gothic Revival church serves to this day Tampa's Episcopalian Community. The original congregation began in 1895 as the Anglican Episcopal Church for Tampa's black population. Many of the congregants were immigrants from the Bahamas and Cuba and were working in Tampa's cigar industry. In 1926 it became a parish. Although segregation was active in Tampa since the congregation's founding it thrived for more than a century. In 1997, this congregation, known as the St. James Episcopal Church, merged with the The House of Prayer Episcopal Church and became the St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church.
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