Due to the uncertainty of weather on December 7th, the annual Riley rock-a-Thon has been moved to Florida A&M University (FAMU) DRS School Gymnasium at 400 West Orange Avenue, Tallahassee, FL (at the corner Wahnish Way and Orange Ave.). The gym entrance is on Wahnish Way side.

Vendor set up and chair decorating starts at 8:30am. The event official kick off is at 10:00am when chairs will begin rocking to support the Riley House and usher in the Holiday Season.

Frenchtown Historical Markers Unveiling Video

The City of Tallahassee and John G. Riley Center/Museum unveiled the Frenchtown Historical Marker Trail on Nov. 8, 2019. The nine markers that comprise the trail tell the history of Frenchtown, one of Tallahassee’s oldest African American communities. Through them, visitors will discover and celebrate a time when Frenchtown was a thriving, self-sustaining community of families, homes, businesses and pride – a time when Frenchtown had it all.

The markers include oral histories that were conducted between 1998 and 2005 by the Riley House with former residents. They share what life was like in the community during its heyday from the late 19th to mid 20th century.

The James L. and John S. Knight Foundation, City of Tallahassee Community Revitalization Council, Leon County Tourist Development Council and Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs funded the Frenchtown Historical Trail Marker project.

‘Soul Voices’ Frenchtown Historical Markers unveiled

Frenchtown markersAlthemese Barnes is a local historian and director of the black history museum Riley House, which launched the historic markers project. Throughout the last two decades, Barnes has conducted more than 70 oral history interviews with black residents from the Leon County area.

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Annual Riley Board Meeting and Member Appreciation Event

Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation event photosThe Annual John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum Board Meeting and Member Appreciation Event were huge successes.

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Uncrowned Queens book coverUncrowned Queens: Our Matriarchs of Courage Riley Museum T-Shirt

Riley Museum T-Shirts


Althemese Barnes, Founder and Executive Director of the Riley Museum, featured on Tallahassee Inspired

Althemese Barnes featured on Tallahassee Inspired

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IMLS Town and Gown Stabilization Project Documents

OBJECTIVE OF IMLS GRANT:  To create a collaboration of higher education and a community-based museum to explore the possibilities, opportunities and challenges of creating strategic alliances between the academic and community-based museum world as a measure to build capacity, enhance sustainability and address the goal of Creating a Nation of Learners.

Listed below are the supporting documents:


*Step On Guided Tours Pricing Change*

For years African American communities have established a distinctive presence in areas throughout Florida. The well known contributions as well as untold stories of struggle and triumph are woven into a rich and colorful historical tapestry. Amidst these stories are the Landmarks and Legacies that define and describe significant aspects of Florida’s cultural heritage, thereby presenting tour participants with a real-life cultural immersion experience

Possible sites included on the step-on guided tour include:

The Riley House Museum
The Union Bank Building
The Old Capitol Building
The Historic Frenchtown Community
Old Lincoln High School
Florida A&M University
Meek-Eaton Black Archives
The Knott House Museum

Tour guides are now available at a rate of $100.00/per hour. Average tours are approximately 2-4 hours in length and can be customized to meet your unique scheduling needs. The fee only covers the cost of the tour guide; groups are responsible for securing their own transportation. Fee does not cover admission fees for individual historic sites.

To schedule a group tour, please click here.