John G. Riley House & Museum

May 6th, 2015 by Red Hills

Built in 1890 by John G. Riley, local educator and civic leader, the home listed on the National Register of Historic Places commemorates Smokey Hollow, an African-American, middle-class community that emerged in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

The Riley historic home represents the thriving black neighborhood, known as Smokey Hollow, that once existed in what is just east of downtown Tallahassee. It is especially significant when compared to other such historical sites in that it is the last vestige we have of the accomplishments of an entire group of people, the black middle class, which emerged in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

The mission and purpose of the John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture 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. Established in 1996, the museum’s programs provide an environment and means to encourage and empower participants to develop an awareness of and gain an appreciation for the educational and social contributions of African Americans to Florida’s history.

Located at 419 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL