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Women's History Month Celebration kick off at Tampa Bay History Center


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City of Tampa to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Mayor Jane Castor presenting Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award to Mary Bryan

The City of Tampa is gearing up to host its 26th Annual Women's History Month Celebration on March 1 at the Tampa Bay History Center.

At the event, Mayor Jane Castor will present the 2023 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award to Legislative Aide Mary Bryan in recognition of her exceptional dedication to the City of Tampa.

Mary Bryan holds the record as the longest City of Tampa employee with 60 years of service.
Mary Bryan holds the record as the longest City of Tampa employee with 60 years of service.

With an impressive sixty years of service, Mary holds the record for being the longest-serving City of Tampa employee.

Mary began her unparalleled career with the city at the age of 17, following her graduation from high school. She has served under eleven different Mayors of Tampa: Nick Nuccio, Julian B. Lane, Dick Greco (twice), Richard L. Cheney, Lloyd Copeland, William F. Poe, Bob Martinez, Sandy Freedman, Pam Iorio, Bob Buckhorn, and Jane Castor.

The celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Tampa Bay History Center, located at 801 Water St.

The event is free and open to the public and free parking is available the Pam Iorio Parking Garage, located at 301 Channelside Drive, with a validation from the event.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Sarah McNamara, author of Ybor City: Crucible of the Latina South. The celebration will be hosted by Emerald Morrow, News Anchor at 10 News Tampa Bay (WTSP-TV).

The event will be recorded and replayed at a later date on City of Tampa Television, Frontier Fios Channel 15, and Charter Spectrum Channel 640. The recording will also be available for viewing on the City of Tampa’s YouTube channel.

 

More About the Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award:

The Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award was created to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community.

The award is presented in memory of Josephine Howard Stafford who served as an Assistant City Attorney for 24 years. Stafford was the first female judge in Hillsborough County and a pioneer for women’s issues, both professionally and in the community.

For more information on Tampa’s Women’s History Month Celebration, including past Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award winners, please visit tampagov.net/whm