The African-American community in Tallahassee from the late 1800s to the 1960s was characterized by a perservering spirit, a strong work ethic, and a love for home, family, and community. During that long period of racial inequity, this same community set about developing its own institutions and activities, from Florida A&M University to the annual Emancipation Proclamation festival, and what emerged was a rich cultural life that produced and attracted some of the best and brightest minds.
In Tallahassee, local historians Althemese Barnes and Ann Roberts have documented, through vintage photographs and detailed captions, the extraordinary accomplishments of this capital city's African American citizens. The images depict such vital fields as education, medicine, the arts, religious and social life. Readers are sure to enjoy this visual journey through the rich, African-American heritage that proudly belongs to Tallahassee.
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