SFA Annual Meeting 2023 Activities

Schedule of Activities: 

Wednesday, May 10:

  • 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Van and Carpool from Turnbull to Florida State University 
  • 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm – Flood Recover & Operations Tour, Florida State University
  • 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm – Heritage Museum, Dodd Hall, Florida State University Reception
  • 7:30 pm – Van and Carpool to Conference Hotel 

Directions and parking information will be provided during the Annual Meeting. 

Thursday, May 11: 

Directions and parking information will be provided during the Annual Meeting. 

Friday, May 12: 

  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm – Carpool or Walk to State Archives
  • 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm – State Archives Tour
  • 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm  Break for Tour Guides
  • 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm State Archives Tour

Directions and parking information will be provided during the Annual Meeting. 

Thank you to our activity facilitators:


Activity Descriptions:

Smokey Hollow Commemorative Site Tour - John G. Riley Center & Museum for African American History & Culture - Thursday, May 11, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

  • Located adjacent to the Riley historic home, the Smokey Hollow Commemorative site tells the story about the community surrounding the Riley home. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the area just east of downtown Tallahassee and west of Myers Park Drive was an African American community called Smokey Hollow. According to the Tallahassee City Directory, published in 1904, there were five houses on Riley’s block on Jefferson Street, all owned by black men. In 1919, there were six homeowners, and they too were black. Several other homes, owned or rented by blacks, surrounded the Riley property, extending up College and Gadsden Streets. 

    This situation changed in the 1950′s when plans for the Department of Transportation Building and the expansion of Apalachee Parkway encroached into the boundaries of the Smokey Hollow community and the residents were forced to relocate under eminent domain. By 1978, only two houses remained, that of John Riley and John Hicks, a black tailor who lived across the street from Riley. Hicks died in the early 1970′s and his home was purchased by Colmar Corporation for speculative purposes.

    The Commemorative site and park include three “Spirit Homes”, frames of shotgun-style houses, typical of the Smokey Hollow community. Each Spirit Home is accompanied by maps, photos, and historical information about the area. The site also features a community garden, a remembrance fountain, and a variety of fruit and vegetable trees. 

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