Bing Rooming House African American Museum
Plant City Janie L. Bing Rooming House, a National Historical Site anchoring the former Historic Laura Street African American District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, primarily for its role as a domestic hotel for people of color during the period of segregation. The hotel operated from 1928 through 1975 with the addition of the Seminole Restaurant in 1931. The facility, which is located at 205 South Allen Street, now operates as a museum to emphasize the Plant City community’s triumph over segregation. Open daily from 9am to 2pm. The Museum is within walking distance of the Plant City Photo Archives & History Center, R.W. Railroad Museum, Midtown and Historic Downtown along with a African American Selfie Tour listing on social media.
The museum strives to accurately interpret, present and preserve Plant City’s African American history from an African American perspective. Displays of artifacts, storyboards, and written documents help both American and international visitors better understand the experiences of African Americans during the segregation era. The Bing Rooming House Museum is at the forefront of diversity, thought and content here in Plant City, Florida.