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Hidden Enclaves: The Historic Frenchtown Legacy Project

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Tallahassee, FL - May 10, 2012 -

It was a banner day in Frenchtown, literally. New historic Frenchtown flags were flown on Georgia street highlighting the areas rich cultural history.

"Some properties are still standing some are not but that's no reason history should not be brought back alive," said Annie Harris, president of the Carolina Oaks Neighborhood Association. "One of the things I've noticed is that as soon as the banners went up on the poles, people started coming by taking pictures."

The banners are just another way The John G. Riley Center and Harris are trying to stir up memories of when Frenchtown was a bustling downtown neighborhood

"i have a lot of roots here going back to my family, my mother and my father," said Tallahassee Mayor John Marks.

Mayor Marks, with city and county commissioners, were on hand and took the walking tour of the banners. The project was funded by a grant from the joint Leon County - City of Tallahassee Council on Culture & Arts.

"I encourage people to come down and see what's going on here in Frenchtown and celebrate the history...the wonderful history of this community," said Mayor Marks.

After proposing the project to city manager Anita Favors-Thompson and getting FSU involved for the designs, the rest, as they say, was history.
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Tallahassee, Florida - May 10, 2012 - Noon -

Earlier this morning banners were unveiled to give Historic Frenchtown a new look. It's called "Hidden Enclaves: The Historic Frenchtown Legacy Project" and it hopes to bring a little recognition to the landmarks in Frenchtown.

On the 400 block of West Georgia street, beautiful new banners have been put up to recognize the rich cultural history of the area. Althemese Barnes, the founder and executive director of the John G. Riley Center and Museum, the orgnization that spearheaded the project, spoke with Eyewitness News. See the interview in the video player above.

The project also includes a walking Heritage Trail. Everyone at the Legacy Project is hoping people will come down, take a look, and learn a little about history.


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