John Gilmore Riley House

John Gilmore Riley House (HM1IAZ)

Location: Tallahassee, FL 32301 Leon County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 26.373', W 84° 16.645'

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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
Marker NumberF-378
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe John G. Riley Foundation and the Florida Department of State Sandra B. Mortham, Secretary of State
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Date Added Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 761470 N 3370641
Decimal Degrees30.43955000, -84.27741667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 26.373', W 84° 16.645'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 26' 22.38" N, 84° 16' 38.7" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 419 E Jefferson St, Tallahassee FL 32301, US
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