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Free Museum Day is returning to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission as part of this "annual celebration of boundless curiosity."

“This event is important as it highlights the culture, history, science, art, and nature that each state has to offer and represents a national commitment to access to these unique places,” said Amy Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer at Smithsonian Media.

Leon Jackson stands next to a photo of himself from his time as an officer during the civil rights era.
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During this weekend’s opening reception of their updated exhibition, “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay,” the Florida Holocaust Museum will be honoring the last surviving member of St. Petersburg’s “Courageous 12,” Leon Jackson, with the Upstander Award.

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An exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg is so exclusive, only one person at a time can view it. Slots are by appointment only. I toured “The Last Goodbye," knowing that the experience had the power to hurt.


A new exhibit that opens Monday at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum aims to honor a founding mission.

Five years in the making, "Americans and the Holocaust" contextualizes attitudes in the U.S. during 1930s and '40s persecution and mass murder of Jews in Europe.

Twenty-five years ago, when the building opened, noted Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel introduced the museum not as an answer to the horrors of genocide but to pose a glaring question: How could this happen?

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There is a violin shop in Tel Aviv, whose owner has spent the past two decades repairing violins that belonged to Jewish musicians during the holocaust.

These "Violins of Hope," he says, give a voice to the voiceless.

How many people can say that they have been friends for more than 70 years? Howard Chandler and Martin Baranek can.

And these two boyhood friends from the same small Polish town of Starachowice can also add that their friendship  survived the horrors of the Holocaust. 

Authorities say a man has been arrested after a break-in at the Florida Holocaust Museum.

It all started when Charles Ramsey, a Washington D.C. police chief, was touring the Holocaust Museum and found himself struck by the involvement of law enforcement in the genocide. Many participated in the killings, while others risked their lives to stop it.

Ramsey helped develop Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust, a course for officers to emphasize their responsibility to uphold human rights in society which Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor attended. She then decided to bring it to her officers back home.