Frenchtown Room and Collection
The Frenchtown Room/Collection of the Taylor House Museum contains history and artifacts that highlight the importance of what was once the heart of the black community in Tallahassee.
Our Frenchtown Room contains magazines, historical photographs of black businesses such as Bill's Gas and Service Station, Economy Drugs, Hadley's Grocery, Super X Grocery, Laura Bell Memorial Hospital and Campbell Clinic, Red Bird Cafe, Capital Theatre, Tennessee Street and more.
The room also contains the original sign from the Red Bird when the establishment was referred to as The Royal Palace.
Taylor Family Room and Collection
This collection contains numerous photographs, newspaper articles, publications and artifacts that highlight the rich Heritage of the Taylor Family as well as that of their children and grandchildren, Aquilina Howell and Lucille Alexander.
Civil Rights Room and Collection
Tallahassee has a rich and varied history in the struggle for civil rights and equal treatment for persons of all races and creeds.
Leon County is home to Florida A&M University (FAMU), Florida State University (FSU) and Tallahassee Community College. Since it's founding as the State Normal College for Colored Students in 1887, FAMU's students have earned a reputation as "the most socially conscious student body in America."
On May 26, 1956, the arrest of late FAMU coeds Wilhelmina Jakes (Street) and Carrie Patterson (Williams) for their refusal to relinquish their Cities Transit bus seats to a White woman, ignited their peers into action. Students swiftly voted to boycott the buses for the remaining two weeks of the school term. Rev. Dr. C.K. Steele, Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and Vice President of the national Southern Christian Leadership Conference, took the helm of what became known as the successful "Tallahassee Bus Boycott." This event sparked the civil rights movement in Florida's Capital City.
This collection contains photographs, memorabilia and interviews of those who played important roles during the Tallahassee Civil Rights Movement. A fundamental portion of this collection includes numerous obituaries of noted Tallahasseans.