The City of Tallahassee and John G. Riley Center/Museum unveiled the Frenchtown Historical Marker Trail on Nov. 8, 2019. The nine markers that comprise the trail tell the history of Frenchtown, one of Tallahassee’s oldest African American communities. Through them, visitors will discover and celebrate a time when Frenchtown was a thriving, self-sustaining community of families, homes, businesses and pride – a time when Frenchtown had it all.
The markers include oral histories that were conducted between 1998 and 2005 by the Riley House with former residents. They share what life was like in the community during its heyday from the late 19th to mid 20th century.
The James L. and John S. Knight Foundation, City of Tallahassee Community Revitalization Council, Leon County Tourist Development Council and Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs funded the Frenchtown Historical Trail Marker project.