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The John Gilmore Riley Center & Museum for African American History & Culture, Inc. is a historical and cultural gem that sits at the bottom of a hill in downtown Tallahassee, at the corner of Meridian and Jefferson Streets.

 

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The John Riley Center & Museum welcomes people of all ages to journey back in time to the Reconstruction era – one of the most significant, yet least known periods of American History following the end of the Civil War.

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With your support we will be able to maintain our community enrichment programs and keep the historic Riley House open so that visitors near and far, can experience this Tallahassee treasure!

Life & Legacy of John G. Riley

The Riley House was constructed circa 1890 on the fringe of a community called Smokey Hollow. Its owner, John Gilmore Riley, rose to prominence as an educator and civic leader. He received formal education from public and private institutions. Riley began his first teaching job in 1877 at a school in Wakulla County. In 1892 he became principal of the Lincoln Academy (located at 438 West Brevard Street in Tallahassee, Florida) where he served until his retirement in 1926…LEARN MORE

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Latest News

Emancipation Day 2020
02Jun

Emancipation Day 2020

This video gives Emancipation Day greetings and information about the holiday. ...

Uncrowned Queens online exhibit
13May

Online Exhibit of Uncrowned Queens

The John Gilmore Riley Center & Museum, “Uncrowned Queens: Matriarchs of Courage”...

Althemese Barnes
20Dec

2019 Riley Rock-a thon Was a Huge Success

Thanks so much for following our signature holiday event to FAMU DRS...

Riley Museum online store flyer

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The mission and purpose of the John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum for African American History & Culture, Inc. is to discover, archive and illuminate the blended interrelationship of African American, Native American and European history and preserve African American landmarks and legacies throughout the State of Florida as an enduring public resource through tourism and education.

By making a purchase of a one or more items in our online store, you will help the John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum for African American History & Culture, Inc. continue its mission of historic preservation and education.

Online Store Items Include: Gifts, Apparel, Books, Teaching Material and DVD’s

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