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Join the Tallahassee community for a Thanksgiving weekend unveiling of four new markers to the Frenchtown Historical Markers and Walking Trail on Saturday, November 28th from 10am to 2pm. The original nine and four new markers all provide an authentic history of the thriving community that was home to over 100 families. Along the self-guided trail, viewers will listen to oral histories of some of Frenchtown’s most prominent residents and learn about the area’s historic past.
Before walking the expanded trail, go to rileymuseum.org between 10 am and 2:00 pm to review an introductory video and like or share the event on Facebook; the first 50 will receive a free “Historic Frenchtown T-Shirt.” While at the museum’s website, link to the Tallahassee Leon County GIS “storymap” to experience the history of Frenchtown virtually “at your fingertips” while walking the trail. Printed maps and brochures will be available at the Riley Museum trail head table on the north side of the Renaissance Center located at 435 N. Macomb Street. The virtual unveiling is self-guided and event planners ask that everyone wear a mask and remain socially distanced as you walk the trail.
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
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.
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