The Historic Manhattan Casino


The Historic Manhattan Casino is a beautifully renovated and historically significant building in the heart of the area known as The Deuces. Once the cultural center of St. Petersburg’s African American community, the Historic Manhattan Casino has once again opened its doors as the music and legacy of its storied past reverberate between the walls and throughout the community.

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The History


In 1925, Elder Jordan, a local African-American entrepreneur, began plans to build a 12,000 square foot facility which opened in 1931 under the name Jordan Dance Hall. Later, the building became known as the Manhattan Casino. During times of segregation, African-American entertainers traveling through St. Petersburg would perform for the black community at the Manhattan Casino since shows at the Coliseum were for whites only. Legendary musicians including Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole, and more all performed at the Manhattan Casino. The original facility closed in 1968 and has seen changes in ownership and renovations over the years.

Now dubbed The Historic Manhattan Casino, the building’s rich history will live on through the special events, musical performances, and art displays that take place here. Nestled within the Warehouse Arts District, our event space will regularly play host to local musicians and artists, opening the hearts and eyes of the community to up and coming talent.

Be sure to check the event calendar for upcoming music and art events at The Historic Manhattan Casino.

Plan your next event at The Historic Manhattan Casino and experience a piece of history as the legacy continues…

Our Team


Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

President

Vincent Jackson is a 12-year NFL Veteran. As a child of military serving parents, he moved around quite a bit including a three-year tour overseas in Europe before settling in Colorado Springs. There he attended Widefield H.S. and graduated 4th in his class with a 4.1 GPA.  He was an academic and athletic scholarship student at the University of Northern Colorado where he studied Business and played both Football and Basketball. After an All-American collegiate career, Vincent was drafted in 2005 by the San Diego Chargers, where he played seven seasons, and then joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 for 5 seasons. He has been selected to three Pro Bowls, is a 4-time 'Man of The Year' recipient, and the won the 2016 USAA National Salute to Service Award for his work with Military Families through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. Vincent has made Tampa home and he finished his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management at the University of South Florida. As an avid entrepreneur, he owns several restaurants nationwide. He grew up in the restaurant industry and has a passion for food, music, and service! Vincent’s core business focuses on Real Estate & Development. In 2012 he co-founded CTV Capital. As the Chief Executive Officer, Vincent is involved in acquisitions, operations, marketing and managing its companies for growth and success. His vision and intuition have been instrumental for the expansion of the business. The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce recently recognized him as the 'Citizen of the Year.' Vincent lives in Tampa full-time with his wife Lindsey and three children: Carter, Amaya, and Dominick.

Deborah D. Figgs-Sanders

Events Director

Deborah D. Figgs-Sanders has more than 25 years of experience in program development, events management, strategic planning, staff and volunteer management, youth programs and services, community outreach and organizational leadership. She is the President of Personal Agenda, LLC, a business and program services consulting company (est. 2002). Previously, she served for seven years as the Executive Director of YMCA Resources Centers, is the Power Broker Foundation President and partner in her family business, Supreme Heating & Cooling, Inc. Professionally, she is Executive Vice President of the Power Broker Media Group and until recently, 2020 Plan Taskforce Core Team Co-Chair. Her education includes Florida A&M University (1989) B.S. in Computer Information Systems magna cum laude graduate and a MBA from the University of Phoenix (2006).

Recruited for her expertise and organizational skills, Deborah joined the Callaloo Group as the Events Director of Historic Manhattan Casino, the legendary ballroom formally known as the Jordan Dance Hall which hosted African-American greats such as Sarah Vaughn, Dizzie Gilespie and Ray Charles. Possessing an unquestionable level of high standards and attention to detail, it is her mission to provide our clients with an all-in-one experience for your business meetings, banquets, conferences, receptions, parties, intimate concerts and showers. Committed to providing personalized assistance to include decorating, vendors, catering and entertainment to name a few. Please contact Deborah at (727) 420-2819 or deborah@callaloostpete.org.

Shawn Brown

Entertainment Director

Shawn Brown was born to James Brown and Shirley Brown on November the 13, 1962, he was the last of six siblings. Shirley Brown was a classically trained pianist and vocalist. James Brown was a chief/jazz vocalist in the United States Navy. This union produced a solid foundation as all of his siblings were musically nurtured and encouraged to pursue their talents. His brother, Hiram Brown, shared the same talents and mentored Shawn to become the entertainer he is today. Shirley Browns spiritual motivations embraced all of her family and grounded them with Christian convictions and a strong faith. Shawn's musical journey began at the age of 3 when he began playing the piano, and then became the organist, accompanying his mother for their church at 8 years old. He continued to play at his church throughout his adolescent years until he moved to Tampa Florida. Shawn has 4 beautiful children, three daughters and a son. They became his inspiration and taught him that his music was not just for monetary gain, but to inspire those that may be ill, feed the hungry and mentor young musicians! In 2008, tragedy hit Shawn and his family; Shawn was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer. While Shawn was receiving treatment, his mother and his brother died within two weeks of each other. During this time, Shawn agreed to be featured in the International Documentary Killer B-3, where he allowed the cameras to follow him throughout his tragedy. This documentary featured, along with Shawn, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Great Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Tony Monico, Joey DeFrancesco, to name a few. The event was produced by Murv Seymore and Joe Bamford, who are both Emmy Award winners. Shawn devastated by this family tragedy, continued his charity fund raising for "Everyday Blessings Orphanage" while in the hospital. Shawn was chosen for a Humanitarian award, entitled, "Artist with a Heart" (Golden Brush Strokes Award), from the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. His children Accepted the award for him while Shawn was told he a 50/50 chance to survive, but his faith in God restored him back to perfect health!