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John G. Riley Center/Museum

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Description:

Built in 1890, the Riley House was the home of John Gilmore Riley, a freed slave who went on to become the first black principal in Leon County, serving for 33 years at Lincoln High School, one of three freedmen schools built in Florida to educate newly-freed slaves. He also owned extensive real estate, much of it in downtown Tallahassee and was a great civic leader in Tallahassee and beyond. Mr. Riley was born in 1857 and died in 1954. His was the second African American home in Florida to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the first being the home of Mary McCleod Bethune, Founder of Bethune Cookman College.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Parking
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours, Less than 1 hour
  • Designation:
  • Black Heritage Trail,

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