Leaders in Tallahassee Find New Ways to Improve Frenchtown

Tallahassee, FL - September 24, 2012 10:02 pm

An initiative to brighten up portions of Frenchtown has residents learning about its rich history.

New banners touch on everything from schools, to houses and even the people that framed the section of the city.

"It brought back a lot of memories, a lot of fond memories," said former Frenchtown resident Dwan Kornegay.

Kornegay came to take a historic tour of the new banners on Monday. His grandfather, band leader Lawyer Smith, who played with the likes of Ray Charles is now displayed on Carolina Street.

For Kornegay, who grew up in the area, it's a special part of his and Frenchtown's past.

"I'm really proud to be from this area, be from Tallahassee and to have part of my culture. My family."

Althemese Barnes, executive director of the John. G. Riley Center and Museum helped make the attractions possible. She says it's a way to educate the public of where the town's been.

"Many people did not know that this history existed once in this community," said Barnes.

This is just one of a number of efforts trying to revitalize Frenchtown to make it once again a place where people live and do business.

"I think as we continue to clean up the area, clean out some of the vacant lots and bring in the, bring the history back that it's going to motivate people to you know come back into the area."


Tallahassee, FL - September 24, 2012

Leaders in Tallahassee are finding new ways to improve Frenchtown. It all started with unveiling of new banners that are now on display in the city.

There are plenty of signs literally showing improvements in Frenchtown.

This.morning the John Riley Center & Museum plus the Carolina Oaks Neighborhood Association unveiled the new banners. Some older banners were unveiled back in May.

The historic Frenchtown legacy is known for it's hidden enclaves
These signs show off historic churches, homes, schools and leaders.

Until 7:00 pm there will be walking tours to see them displayed, located at 438 West Georgia Street.

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