History and Culture Trail

The History & Culture Trail project will honor and celebrate the rich African American history and culture of the neighborhoods, businesses, and people in the areas surrounding the Capital Cascades

Trail at FAMU Way. The project includes three components: 1) Interpretive History Stations 2) a new Community Gathering Space, and 3) Public Art Installations. Nine (9) interpretive history stations are planned that will display images, photographs, and historic information about the neighborhoods, businesses, and people living and working in the area; their historical contributions, and cultural impact. The stations represent 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 new Community Gathering Space will overlook the Regional Stormwater Facility on FAMU Way. The future pocket park-like space will feature artistic repurposed wood sculptures and furnishings.

Public Art

Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency in partnership with the Council on Culture & Arts is accepting original public art submissions for the History & Culture Trail project. Selected artworks will be incorporated into the project and permanently displayed along the Capital Cascades Trail on FAMU Way. Collaborative proposals of multiple artists working together are welcome. If submitting a group proposal, please designate a single artist to serve as the representative of the group. Selected artists will receive a lump sum award for design, materials, fabrication, and installation. Read more about the call for public art HERE. Applications are due by January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm and can be submitted HERE.

Project Manager: Tatiana M. Daguillard 


Community Engagement

Link to Concept Plan: Click Here to Download

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