Recognizing trailblazers in our community: Althemese Barnes

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Mar 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-13 11:34:49-04

(WTXL) — During the month of March, ABC 27 is teaming up with The Oasis Center for Women & Girls to recognize trailblazers in our community. It's all part of Women's History month, highlighting the women and girls truly making a difference in Tallahassee and beyond.

According to The Oasis Center for Women & Girls, trailblazers are women and girls who are smashing barriers and shattering glass ceilings, making it possible for other girls and women to leave their mark.

Althemese Barnes founded the John G. Riley Museum with a mission to research, preserve, and document African American contributions to Tallahassee.

Barnes started with talking to family members with a camcorder and a recorder.

Today, the Riley House has expanded into research, special collections, and documentaries.

Legacy Award
Althemese Barnes

Jan Auger
Loranne Ausley
Argatha Gilmore
Elizabeth Ricci

Unsung Shero
Barbara Boone

Girls Can Do Anything
Kaylin Jean-Louis