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Catfish Alley

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100-198 S 5th St
Columbus, MS

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Located between Main Street and College Street, Catfish Alley was a central meeting and business district for the Columbus African-American Community in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Boats would come off the river and bring various items into the city. The alley was known for the smell of delicious catfish sandwiches and the name “Catfish Alley” was born. African Americans would bring horse drawn wagons full of vegetables and ice tubs full of large catfish into the alley. The Alley held numerous businesses on both sides of the street. For over 50 years, Jones’ Restaurant has represented a typical Catfish Alley business of the early years. Additionally, you would find a café, barber shops, cleaners and a drug store in the Alley.

The South end close to College Street was a vacant lot. In this area you would find the annual carnival. There was a ferris wheel, merry go round and other games and activities. The carnival was usually held in the fall after cotton picking season ended.

On Saturdays, African Americans  would come to Catfish Alley to meet and discuss farming and various other trades. In this area you would also hear some of the best blues performers in the South.


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