Riley Museum - Crooms Collection

This photo is a part of donated memorabilia of J.N. Crooms, Crooms Academy. It shows J.N. Crooms (r), Mary McLeod Bethune (2r) and others.



FAAHPN Accomplishments


Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Director, National African American Museum, The Smithsonian, toured Florida (Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Tallahassee and points in between) as guest of the John G. Riley House & Museum and Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network. Targeted museums of FAAHPN were selected to participate in a two-year professional and skill development training program.


Florida African American Museum Exchange Program


The John G. Riley Center/Museum received the top awarded grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Florida State Legislature to begin the FAAME Project.  Members of the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN) were selected including the Spady Museum in Delay Beach, Florida (photo posted above).



Date: Friday, January 10, 2014
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network ("FAAHPN") in partnership with the Friends of the Broward County African American Research Library & Cultural Center will host a Welcome Reception to bring together representatives from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture, state and local elected officials from the Broward & Miami-Dade area, as well as the Florida Network member site delegates from across the State of Florida for a networking mixer in anticipation of the Save Our African American Treasures Programthat will take place January 11-12 at the Broward County African American Research Library & Cultural Center.
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African Americans have an abbreviated history of participation in mainstream historic and cultural preservation initiatives. In recent years, however, there are signs of progress as we've become more involved in "telling our story and promoting Florida's African American history and culture". Many senior citizens in Florida are contributing significantly to this new spiritual movement. It is critical that we build on this foundation by improving the capacity of our museums, while training a generation to take our places as professional museum Directors.


Florida Black Heritage Trail


In 1990, the Florida Legislature created the Study Commission on African - American History in Florida to explore ways to increase public awareness of the contributions of African Americans to the state. The Commission was asked to recommend methods to establish a Black Heritage Trail to identify sites, buildings and other points of interest in black history that should be preserved and promoted as [...]


FAAHPN Headquarters


The Riley House is a historical and cultural gem that sits at the bottom of a hill in downtown Tallahassee, at the corner of Meridian and Jefferson Streets. Nestled among beautiful shade trees, the John G. Riley historic home represents the thriving black neighborhood that once existed in what is just east of downtown Tallahassee.