Exhibitions - Riley House Museum

"Spiritual Sojourn" exhibit opens at Riley House on Wednesday, September 20, 2006. The exhibit celebrates, posthumously, the life and artistic prowess of African American artist Amos Lawrence Lewis Sr. A mixed-media presentation of watercolor, etchings, acrylics, mosaics, ceramics and sculptures, the show is a microcosm of what Black artists were accomplishing during the 20th century. Though many could not display in mainstream galleries due to the social times that limited opportunities, they continued to produce and share their works with community groups,
schools, at events, and in churches. Mr. Lewis' widow, Maggie Lewis Butler, retained over 90 pieces of his work and made a part of it available the Riley Center/Museum to create the "Spiritual Sojourn" exhibit. On display until November 15th, the exhibit is scheduled to show at numerous other venues through 2008.

Eluster Richardson’s: Struggles and Triumphs Series II
Struggles and Triumphs II is the second series of an exhibit by native Tallahassean artist Eluster Richardson, that captures the history of African Americans in Florida from Reconstruction through the mid-Twentieth Century. This exhibition illustrates the lives of everyday African Americans, young and old, rural and urban alike, through struggles and in triumphs. This story of African American life and contributions is evident across the country, particularly in the South.

Nationally significant collection Received by the Riley House: Black Abolistionists Papers. Over 14,000 essays, speeches, letters of anti-slavery movements by Black Abolitionist were donated by Dr. Joe Richardson and Dr. Maxine Jones, FSU History Professors and authors of African American History books; and C. Peter Ripley, Retired FSU Professor and researcher. The papers are being processed and placed in the non-circulating Riley Archive, located in the Tallahassee Community College Library. Interim Archivist: Anthony Dixon, PhD Candidate, Indiana University.

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