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Exhibits & Publications

Milestones Memories book coverMilestone Memories Exhibit

This exhibit of artifacts, images and literature will fascinate anyone who sees it.   It tells the story of early African American schools and the role of education in early america throughout time until the 60′s and the integration of schools.

The Robinson-Trueblood PoolThe Robinson-Trueblood Pool
In late 2006, the City of Tallahassee commissioned the John G. Riley Center/Museum to document the history of the Robinson-Trueblood Pool. This exhibit showcases research data, photographs and other memorabilia.
Path to FreedomPATH to FREEDOM
Florida’s Struggle for Civil Rights The study of the Civil Rights Movement generally focuses on events that occurred between 1954 and 1968, but the struggle for social change began long before that. The quest for equality is almost as old as America itself.


The John Gilmore Riley Center received an inaugural year IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services ) grant on September 20, 2006 to coordinate the “Florida African-American Museum Exchange” (FAME) project, an initiative designed to build the institutional capacity and sustainability of African-American Museums throughout the State of Florida. Ten Museum Directors , strategically selected to represent the geographic Regions within the State of Florida, will be the core target participants. Funding will support a series of intensive training sessions on topics including museum management, strategic planning, , revenue building, preservation, and exhibit presentations. Following the training, the ten Directors will identify and mentor Directors of other African-American Museums in their areas, sharing new skills and knowledge. The FAME project is intended to build a stronger and more effective network of African-American Museums throughout the State of Florida. “The Institute of Museums and Library Services is an independent Federal agency that grows and sustains a “Nation of Learners” because lifelong learning is critical to success”.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, through a grant to the Riley Center/Museum, is helping network Directors like the Harrells, Black Heritage Museum in New Smyrna Beach, Florida to catalog their collections.

The IMLS Grant would have been impossible without the help of an appropriation from the Florida State Legislature in 2006. As a result of the efforts of key legislators including: Senior Senator Alfred Lawson of Tallahassee, Florida, Representatives Curtis Richardson and Lorraine Ausley-Tallahassee, Florida; Representative Don Davis-Jacksonville, Florida; Representative Ed Jennings-Gainesville, Florida; Senator Tony Hill-Jacksonville, Florida; Representative Marti Coley-Marianna, Florida; Representative Joyce Cusack; the Florida Black Caucus, and other supportive legislators funds from the appropriation were available to use as match for the IMLS award. The legislative funds were awarded to help provide cultural organizations and museums in African American communities across the state with technology and communication improvements and to help Directors preserve valuable collections of significance to Florida’s African American History & Culture

African American Education in Leon County, Florida SeriesPublication Assistance:   Arcadia Press,  Black America Series

  • Tallahassee, Florida by Althemese Barnes and Ann Roberts
  • Key West, Florida by Norma Jean Sawyer
  • Pinellas County, Florida by Sandra Rooks
  • Jefferson County, Florida by Dr. Flossie Byrd (in process)
  • Levy County Black History by Carolyn Cohen Gent
  • A Capital City History and Historic Frenchtown by Julianne Hare
  • Black History of West Palm Beach-Pleasant City by Eviree Clark

Florida Black Heritage Trail magazine

Florida Black Heritage Trail Magazine
The Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources chose the FAAHPN and the Riley Center/Museum to update this publication, originally published in 1990. It is a comprehensive listing of African American historic sites throughout the state, complete with color photographs and informative vignettes on the people and places that have contributed to Florida’s past and future.