John G. Riley House

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Schoolchildren in an exhibition room at the John G. Riley House

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Address:

419 East Jefferson St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Region:

Northwest

Phone:

850-681-7881

Website:

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The John G. Riley house represents the thriving black neighborhood that once existed in what is now the downtown area of Tallahassee. John Gilmore Riley was a black educator and civic leader in Tallahassee in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the principal of Lincoln Academy, the first black high school in Leon County. The frame vernacular house which Riley had built for his family in the 1890s was the family home until his death in 1954. Today, the mission of the John Gilmore Riley Center/ Museum of African-American History and Culture is to restore and preserve the Riley House and its collections, and to research and interpret materials related to African-American history in Tallahassee and the State of Florida.