Meet the Team
Founder and Historian
I moved to St. Petersburg in 1993 after arriving in Florida in 1988. I’m a 2009 graduate of Leadership St. Pete and am very active in my neighborhood of Campbell Park, initiating projects for community improvement around trash, crime, zoning, food access, and more. In May 2022, I was voted "Neighbor With Heart" by our city and presented the award by Mayor Welch. I volunteer my time and offer the Black History Bike Tour as a gift to a city I love. My goal is for every St. Pete resident to experience the tour, because I believe it leads to racial equity. I hope you too will join us.
Restaurant Owners and Presenters
Mr. & Mrs. B
Mr. Elihu Brayboy (Mr. B) and his wife of 38 years, Mrs. B, are lifelong St. Pete residents and the owners of Chief's Creole Cafe, which opened in November 2014. Mr. and Mrs. B are involved in various community projects involving historic restoration, children, and health care, to enhance the environment for southside residents.
Chief's Creole Cafe is named after Mr. B's mother who was called "Chief" by everyone including himself. She was an extraordinary cook and it's her recipes that are used at the restaurant today. She was an emergency room nurse and instrumental in training nurses for Mercy Hospital.
I reached out to attend one of the tours and asked Josette if she knew of any volunteer opportunities. She asked if I would join her in her journey to achieve racial equity through history telling. Now on the second year of the bike tour, I continue because I see the change and awareness that has taken place in the participants just by telling the story.
As a member of the African-American community, I was drawn to the bike tour to learn more about the history of Blacks in St. Petersburg, Fl. After a wonderful experience participating in the tour, I was compelled to join my wife, Pat, and volunteer. The experience has been educational and rewarding. I am proud to be a part of this amazing experience.
I’m thrilled to volunteer with the St Petersburg Black History Bike Tour. The information is so valuable, and Josette does an amazing job creating a clear picture of what life in our city was like in the recent past. Hearing personal stories from the owners of Chief's Creole Cafe will touch your heart and make you laugh all during his presentation. This tour brings value to locals and tourist alike.
I did the tour, and it ignited my own passion for Black history. I wanted to support others in learning about this important history.
I choose to give my volunteer time to the bike tour because I love seeing people knowing about my hometown.
Web Designer & Content Editor
I am happy to donate my time to this project. I've been wanting to do something around the cause of racial equity, and this gives me the opportunity to do that using my skills, while also giving me a chance to hone a new skill. It's a win-win!
If you're interested in volunteer opportunities with the St. Petersburg Black History Bike Tour, please contact Josette at BlackHistoryBT@gmail.com.