TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The John G. Riley House Museum is hosting a Membership reception on Thursday to show people in the community what the Riley House has to offer.
The museum staff says their mission is to educate, archive, and illuminate the legacy of Riley's rich history.
Riley was born a slave, but later became a well-known educator and civic leader.
The event also falls during the week of Riley's 161st birthday.
Paige Lee, Riley House Director of Education, says people coming in to support the museum will keep Riley's legacy alive.
"The membership will help us fund our operations and our programs. And then the tours that we do here in the exhibit," said Lee. "All of that takes a lot of effort from the staff here and that's really what the membership helps support."
It all started at the Riley House on Jefferson Street at 5:30 p.m.
Riley House is part of the Smokey-Hollow community.
The city of Tallahassee and the museum have worked hard to highlight the history of what was once a black community right here in Tallahassee.