The Manhattan Casino
Originally known as the Jordan Dance Hall, the Manhattan Casino was a venue where the African American community listened to live music, danced, and held events. It’s namesake, Elder Jordan, was a city pioneer who believed that St. Petersburg’s Black community should be able to enjoy quality education, equitable housing, and entertainment. Jordan amassed much wealth and by today’s standards, would have been considered a millionaire. In 1925, he set out to have a 12,000-square-foot venue erected in The Deuces business district. It opened in 1931.