Historic Markers Across Florida

Jessamine Flowers Link

Marker ID:  
Location: 500 West Platt Street, Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 56.495    W 082° 27.926
  27.94158333    -82.46543333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMV4NF


Jessamine Flowers Link

In 1913, Jessamine Link established Magnolia Troop One, the second Girl Scout Troop in the United States. This was just one year after Juliette Gordon Low organized the country's first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia in 1912. What is now Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa served as sponsor for the troop.

Mrs. Link made significant contributions to the improvement of life for local girls and the community, and to the enhancement of women overall. When she started Tampa's first Girl Scout troop, the community became more aware of what girls could achieve. Girl Scouting gave them the opportunity to explore interests outside traditional female roles. During World War I the girls rolled bandages, delivered Western Union messages, helped feed soldiers, and sold Liberty Bonds. Mrs. Link led the troop through many other service projects and activities such as primitive camping, nature hikes, poetry lessons and field trips.

The Girl Scout program was an unusual and progressive concept in the early 20th century, but one that is prevalent here today because of our local founder Jessamine Link.

Erected 1998 by The Tampa Historical Society in cooperation
with The Suncoast Girl Scout Council, Inc.