Taylor House Museum
Backstory and Context
The home was almost destroyed, but thanks to the efforts of the Urban League, the home was restored and opened as a museum in December 2011. The Tallahassee Urban League purchased and restored the house to the original appearance from 1894. In December of 2013, a mere 2 years after the museum opened its doors, the Taylor House Museum became Frenchtown's first Historic Site. On July 27, 2012, the museum was deemed a Florida Heritage Site by the Florida Department of State.
The Taylor House Museum is home to many exhibits. As a predominantly civil rights museum, there's many collections and exhibits that focus on the individuals who were key players in the fight for civil rights in Frenchtown, such as: Rev C.K. Steele, Aquilina Howell, and Anita F. Thompson, just to name a few. There's also a focus on the family that originally created the house: the Taylors. One exhibit in particular made a big impact on the museum, however: Harry T. Moore.
The Harry T. Moore exhibit, released back in 2011, showcased martyr's life, struggles, and successes. Some of the many triumphs for Moore included: "registering African-American voters, investigating lynchings and police brutality toward African-Americans, and fighting for equality for black teachers and students" (Taylor). Harry T. Moore, like many others, were key players in the battle for Civil Rights, but Moore was definitely focused on Florida's progress. The museum serves as an important reminder of how far the city of Frenchtown, as well as the community of Tallahassee and the state of Florida has come in the fight for civil rights. The Taylor house was also used as a shelter for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.