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Invisible Lives Tours Honor Those History Forgot

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee has been the home of many famous people. But many thousands of unknown people also contributed and deserve their stories to be told as well.

The stories of those "invisible lives," the African-Americans both enslaved and free who built and maintained the Capital City, were shared on September 14. The telling-tours took place at the Tallahassee Museum, Goodwood Museum and Gardens and The Grove. That's where Jonathan Grandage is the director.

"So this is really about not pushing a group of people out of the story, it's about bringing more people into the story and how that might help us to understand the issues we face in the present that are ultimately rooted in our nation's past," he remarked.

One visitor to the exhibits was local advocate and author Bill Lohman who thought this a good start to a larger conversation.

"Absolutely," he said. "It's a small beginning but I'm grateful they're beginning."

The tours were an initiative of the Tallahassee History and Human Rights Project.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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