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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

John Gilmore Riley House

 
 
John Gilmore Riley House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
1. John Gilmore Riley House Marker
Inscription. John Gilmore Riley was born in 1857, the son of Sarah and James Riley. He was not formally educated, but was instructed by his Aunt Henrietta. Riley became principal of Lincoln Academy, Tallahassee’s first local high school for African Americans in 1893 and served until retiring in 1926. He was a life-long member of St. James CME Church and Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons of Florida. He owned a significant amount of property in Tallahassee near the Capitol Center. Riley died in 1954, the same year that the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision was rendered. Records indicate that the site on which the Riley House sits was sold to John Gilmore Riley by Aaron Levy on August 17, 1885 for $125. The two-story wood fame house was built in 1890. It was the home for the Riley family until 1973 when they sold it to the City of Tallahassee. The house was placed on t he National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and was restored with joint funding from the City of Tallahassee and the Department of the Interior. In 1982 the Florida NAACP partnered with the Riley Foundation to purchase the house.
Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 1998 by the John G. Riley Foundation and the Florida Department of State Sandra B. Mortham, Secretary of State. (Marker
John Gilmore Riley House image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
2. John Gilmore Riley House
Number F-378.)
 
Location. 30° 26.373′ N, 84° 16.645′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of East Jefferson Street and South Meridian Street, on the right when traveling east on East Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee FL 32301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Union Bank of Florida (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewis Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Knott House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida Sri Chinmoy Peace State (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida Liberty Bell Replica (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Capitol of Florida (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leon County Civil War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leon County's American Revolutionary War Soldiers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .  The John G. Riley Center/Museum. (Submitted on December 10, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable Buildings
 
John G. Riley House Museum Information image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
3. John G. Riley House Museum Information
Looking east from marker on Jefferson Street image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
4. Looking east from marker on Jefferson Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 10, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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