John Gilmore Riley House and Museum
This museum honors the life and legacy of John G. Riley who was born a slave in 1857 and died a millionaire in 1954. A largely self-taught person, Riley would later become the principal of Lincoln High School, the first high school for African Americans in Tallahassee. Riley served as principal between 1892 and 1926.
Backstory and Context
The museum also preserves and shares the history of Native Americans and the unique connection between Native tribes and people of African descent between the colonial period and the early 1800s. The house itself was built in the 1890s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Monroe, Elizabeth. "Riley, John Gilmore, House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. August 1, 1978. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/7a19d4a8-b0d8-431b-b362-e863c6f0547f.