History and Culture Trail

The History & Culture Trail project will honor adjacent resilient neighborhoods, civil-rights advocates, and economic engines of the communities located along FAMU Way. It will highlight the culture of these communities and their stories through artistic cultural and historical interpretations. The project will provide an interactive, immersive outdoor museum experience to residents and tourists alike that recognizes and celebrates the historical contributions and cultural impact of these communities. Interpretive history kiosks will display images, photographs, and historic information about the neighborhoods, businesses, and people living and working in the area. Through a partnership with the Council on Culture and Art (COCA), artistic installations are planned to complement the interpretive kiosks.

The project includes six key thematic areas, or subject areas for recognition, along the trail:

  • Theme 1: Allen Subdivision
  • Theme 2: FAMU History & Civil Rights
    (includes honoring Dr. Charles U. Smith)
  • Theme 3: Villa Mitchell and Economic Engines
  • Theme 4: Boynton Still & Economic Engines
  • Theme 5: Railroad Depot
  • Theme 6: Elberta Crate

The project will:

Share and celebrate the rich history and culture of the neighborhoods, businesses, and people living in the areas surrounding the Capital Cascades Trail and FAMU Way Extension projects. Highlight the history of the Tallahassee African‐American community who has historically called the Project area home, as well as the significant history of FAMU and the local civil rights movement. Improve civic engagement, enhance civil discourse, and encourage thoughtful and meaningful dialogue among people regarding the story of the surrounding communities. Enhance the tolerance, diversity, and understanding of our communal history. Add cultural value by communicating Tallahassee’s unique identity, social value by engaging opportunities for interaction and self‐reflection.

Public Art

The Council on Culture and Art is managing the public art procurement process for the History & Culture Trail project. A Call for Artists will be released in October 2021.

Project Manager: Tatiana M. Daguillard 


Community Engagement

Register to attend the virtual meeting: History and Culture Trail Community Meeting Link

Link to Preliminary Design Package: Click Here to Download

Project Snapshot – Capital Cascades Trail Segment 3 History & Culture Trail Project

history and culture trail meeting