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New heritage trail set to honor Frenchtown history

Posted at 5:30 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 17:30:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The renderings are done and it's time to start construction.

Parts of Frenchtown will soon be honored with new historic landmarks.

It's a project by a former Riley House Museum leader and together with the city and non-profits, a dream is becoming reality.

Eight markers will have pictures and background info about people. But four of the markers will actually have a button. If you press it, it tells someone's story.

That's one of the stories you'll be able to check out.

Althemese Barnes is spearheading the project. She was with Riley House for years and says she wanted to find another creative way to preserve history. So she did interviews with some people who really know the area more than anybody else.

Now, Barnes says she's excited to share their stories with everybody.

"A lot of people see Frenchtown now and would have no clue that this used to be a very thriving, very prosperous African-American community," said Barnes.

The monuments are similar to the ones at Cascades Park. They will be spread out from North Macomb Street to West Brevard.

The group will hold a ceremony to unveil the new trail on Nov. 8.

The first 50 people to complete the trail will get a free Frenchtown historic t-shirt.