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Tampa, Florida -- Could the Jackson Rooming House in downtown Tampa actually be saved?

It's on the National Registry of Historic Places, but the walls and windows are cracked, and the porches collapsing. The city views it as a hazard.

The rooming house was a well-known stop for African Americans passing through or performing in Tampa during the years of segregation. Some of the names rumored to stay there include Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole.

Thursday at city council, the NAACP presented their plan for saving it.

The mayor's office tells us there is no specific deadline to tear it down. The NAACP is in contact with the Tampa city attorney on how to move forward.

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