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Frenchtown Folk Celebrate Their Neighborhood's History And Culture

A dozen people march down a street lined with tents.
Tom Flanigan
WFSU Public Media
The Frenchtown Heritage Festival included some fancy footwork on West Georgia Street.

One of Tallahassee's oldest neighborhoods was celebrating its past and looking towards a brighter future over the weekend. The event also sought to forge more productive connections with the community at large.

Saturday's Frenchtown Heritage Festival featured music, food and lots of other activities in an atmosphere that combined the elements of a block party and family reunion. Among those in charge of the festival was Board Chair Cheryl Collier-Brown who's also on the Frenchtown-Southside Citizens Advisory Committee.

"I'm not only going to talk the talk, I'm walking the walk as well. I want people to know what's going on down here, because I really believe in Frenchtown," she exclaimed.

Frenchtown is one of Tallahassee's original neighborhoods and predates the Civil War. Today, its residents and community leaders are looking for ways to celebrate that long history while moving the area's economy into modern times.

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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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