TCC’s Riley Museum Archive Selected as Black History Month Festival Honoree

By: TCC News Release
By: TCC News Release

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Community College Riley Museum Archive has been selected as a 2011 Black History Month Festival honoree.

The announcement came during Tuesday’s kickoff ceremonies to Tallahassee’s month-long Black History Month Festival.

The festival is a unique month-long series of activities that provide enriching cross-cultural experiences for adults and youngsters alike. Tuesday’s ceremonies featured Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll as guest speaker.

Born in 1857, John G. Riley distinguished himself as a businessman, educator and community leader until his death in 1954. In 1877, he began his first teaching job at a school in Wakulla County. By 1881, he was teaching at Lincoln Academy.

In 1996, as a way of honoring his efforts, a group of Tallahassee citizens established The Riley Historic House Museum and Research Center, a landmark dedicated to African-American history and culture.

In 2005, TCC and the Riley Historic House Museum entered a joint relationship to form the TCC Riley Museum Archive as way of adding value to the academic experience at the College. The mission of the TCC Riley Museum Archive is to lead efforts in acquiring, preserving and educating students and the community about African-American experiences otherwise forgotten by history.

“Quite often, exposure to an historical archive at a community college for first- and second-year college students is rare,” said Torrio Osborne, Archive Faculty Liaison, “but utilizing primary sources in an archive can be a fun way to learn and enrich learning beyond their studies.”

The special collection of African-American papers, documents, photographs and manuscripts are available to faculty seeking to bolster assignments through creative projects, such as research papers, film, video, photography, art and theatre. Additionally, while developing project concepts, students have an opportunity to sharpen their critical and analytical skills on themes across humanities, history, social sciences and arts curricula.

The TCC Riley Museum Archive can be found on the second floor of the TCC Library. It currently features 36 collections that range from locally themed and place-based materials about Tallahassee to regional Florida History from Emancipation through the Civil Rights Era.

For more information on the TCC Riley Museum Archive, contact Torrio Osborne at (850) 201-9728 or email

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