200 years of black and brown history

Leon County Government and The Village Square will host the ninth annual Created Equal on Tuesday, May 7. In recognition of Leon County’s bicentennial, the program will examine the stories of Black and Brown people, their achievements, and contributions to our County’s history. 

In 1824, Tallahassee was established following a decision by the state legislature to locate the capital of the new Florida Territory between two principal cities, Pensacola and St. Augustine. 

Two hundred years later, as we stand on the threshold of Tallahassee-Leon County’s bicentennial, we will embark on a journey to honor and celebrate the rich tapestry of Black and Brown history that has woven its way through the heart of Leon County. 

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In an effort to recognize the history of Black and Brown people in Tallahassee-Leon County, this year’s Created Equal will delve deep into the stories of resilience, determination, and remarkable accomplishments of the Black and Brown individuals who have called Leon County home throughout its two-century existence. The discussion — featuring academic experts, historians, storytellers and artists — will shed light on these narratives and help residents understand that recognizing this history is not just an act of remembrance, but a step towards a more inclusive future for all. 

Created Equal is part of the award-winning series “Club of Honest Citizens,” a partnership between Leon County Government and The Village Square.


Althemese Barnes
Founding Director
Riley House
Dr. Andrea Oliver
History Professor
Tallahassee Community College
Valerie Scoon
Emmy Award Winning Film Producer
Tom Flanigan | Program Director for News
WFSU Public Media
Delaitre Jordan Hollinger
Founder & Co-Executive Director
Florida Civil Rights Museum