Tallahassee Black History Tour

Rev. C.K. Steele State Library and Archives of Florida - Florida Memory Project

Join us as we visit sites in the downtown area that help to tell the story of the contribution of African-Americans to the establishment and continued betterment of Florida’s Capital City. We will visit antebellum homes built by a freed black man, discuss Emancipation Day, Jim Crow laws, segregation in Tallahassee, and learn about Tallahassee’s bus boycott.


This tour is limited to a small walking area in and around downtown Tallahassee.  Black history in Tallahassee and Leon County runs deeper and stretches farther than the limits of this tour.  Enslaved black people literally built many of the original buildings in early Tallahassee.  Black men and women worked the land surrounding Tallahassee before and after statehood.  They worked in the homes of “prominent white leaders” before and after the Civil War.  African-Americans in Tallahassee established vibrant communities and organizations, perservering through the highs and lows of Tallahassee history. Due to the fact that much of our history has been preserved by white Tallahasseeans and historians, many stories and contributions of the African American communities have been lost.  This tour recognizes its limitations in both space and in knowledge, and hopes to give voice and visibility to the all too often overlooked history of the African-American contribution.


Comfortable shoes and a water bottle are recommended. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours without restrooms available.