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BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE IN FLORIDA'S CAPITAL CITY

As travelers across the country look for experiences centered around African American stories, voices, and history, more and more meeting planners and travel agents are taking note of the rich Black history and culture history found in Tallahassee, FL

Aptly named as one of Southern Living’s top 10 Cities of the South, Tallahassee’s unique charm and style is derived from the undeniably pretty and often unexpected features found in Florida’s capital. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), a world renowned HBCU, was also recently named one of  Cosmopolitan’s top 25 most beautiful college campuses. Tallahassee is home to a variety of events, museums, and exhibitions dedicated to uplifting the voices and experiences unique to the Black history and culture of the South. These featured pieces are a portion of what visitors can expect on their next visit to Tallahassee.  

  • Soul Voices of Frenchtown :   In the heart of Tallahassee, the Frenchtown Historic Marker Trail brings to life the history of one of Florida’s oldest black neighborhoods through the voices of those who lived there. Along the historic trail that can be followed through the Frenchtown neighborhood, are recorded audio interviews by residents and their descendants.  The series of markers  each focus on a particular aspect of life in the once thriving neighborhood, including businesses, music, and activism. Frenchtown not only hosted the most talented musicians in Motown, it also produced local Civil Rights leaders. Located completely outdoors, the historic trail is a safe way to experience the history made in Tallahassee. 

 


  • The Ultimate FAMU Homecoming Experience Since 1887, Florida A&M University has been a cornerstone of Tallahassee. Students, fans,   and alumni come together to celebrate the legacy of the University with pride. During the full week of events, Rattlers and fans of the HBCU can find something just for them. FAMU plans a week full of events catered for friends and family of all ages, turning all of Tallahassee orange and green with Rattler pride. From the Marching 100 Showcase, Homecoming Parade, and Hip Hop Concert, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  


  • Black Artistry in the Capital City Tallahassee is also home to a thriving community of creators. The city is the canvas for musicians, artists, and poets to share their creations with the world.  Black on Black Rhyme  brings spoken word artists, comedians, and singers together to share their craft. Other historic venues such as the  Bradfordville Blues Club  provide a walk through history through the rhythm and blues that moved generations. The blues club is one of two in Florida to make it on the famous Mississippi Blues Trail. Tallahassee is also home to The Voice contestant Royce Lovett, who still lives and performs in the Capital City. Black artistry is alive and thriving within Tallahassee.


    

  • Young, Gifted, and Black: The New Generation of Culinary Creators in Tallahassee :  As visitors experience the historical and culturally significant sights and sounds of Tallahassee, they should also dig into the tastes of Tallahassee cuisine. This featured piece highlights young entrepreneurs crafting original sweets, treats, and meals. These three black owned businesses each provide something special- from soft brownies, to vegan creations, to thirst quenching lemonade just like grandma used to make.  
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