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African-American Heritage

Experience a unique and integral part of Columbus’ charm, heritage and history by exploring the town’s African-American historical sites. One such place is Catfish Alley, a central meeting and business district for the African-American community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This area, named for the local catch once fried and sold along this street, sits in the heart of beautiful downtown Columbus.


Take a look below for more attractions dedicated to African-American heritage.

Catfish Alley

100-198 S 5th St, Columbus, MS

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… > Read More

Concord CME Church (c. 1867)

1213 Concord Road, Columbus, MS

One of the oldest churches in Columbus, Concord was an African-American church established in Lowndes County in 1867. Prior to the construction of a wooden structure, the congregation met in… > Read More

Dr. Theodoric V. James Home

1104 5th Avenue North, Columbus, MS

Dr. James (believed to have been Columbus’ first African-American doctor) built this home between 1906 and 1912. It is a nice example of the Queen Anne Free Classic style in… > Read More

Horace King Bridge Site

4th Avenue South and 1st Street South , Columbus, MS

Born as a slave of African, European, and Native American (Catawba) ancestry in Chesterfield District, South Carolina, Horace King was the most respected bridge builder in west Georgia, Alabama, and… > Read More

Missionary Union Baptist Church (c. 1833)

1207 5th Avenue North, Columbus, MS

The Missionary Union Baptist Church, organized in 1833, is the oldest African-American church in Northeast Mississippi. Organized during the days of slavery, services were held in the afternoons on Sundays… > Read More

Penny-Savings Bank

100-198 N 5th St, Columbus, MS

The Penny-Savings Bank, founded in the early 1900s, was Columbus’ first African-American bank. W.I. Mitchell served as the president of the bank from 1907 to 1913. In addition to the… > Read More

Queen City Hotel Site

1501 N 7th Ave, Columbus, MS

Queen City Hotel was the center of the African-American business district in the mid-twentieth century. It was also the focus of lodging and entertainment for the African-American community. It was… > Read More

R.E. Hunt Museum

924 20th Street North, Columbus, MS

The R. E. Hunt Museum & Cultural Center is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 and supported by alumni, volunteers and friends.   R. E. Hunt opened its… > Read More

Robert Walker Home Site

7th Avenue and 14th Street North, Columbus, MS

Robert Walker, born before the Civil War, was a slave who was a house servant for the Walker family. Here, he was trained as a butler and caterer. In 1908,… > Read More

Sandfield Cemetery

100-198 S 25th St, Columbus, MS

Sandfield Cemetery is the late nineteenth century burial site of several African-American leaders and businessmen which include the following: Robert Gleed, Mississippi State Senator (1870-1876); Richard D. Littlejohn, publisher and… > Read More

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (c. 1821)

110 2nd Ave N, Columbus, MS

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church originated under a brush arbor by a few determined and devoted Christian slaves. In 1821, the land for the church was chartered. It has been determined,… > Read More

The Haven (c. 1843)

315 2nd Avenue North, Columbus, MS

NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT Built by Isaac Williams and his brother, Thomas, both of whom, were “free men of color” from South Carolina. Isaac as a laborer and Thomas was… > Read More

Union Academy

9th Avenue South, Columbus, MS

As indicated by the state historic marker on 9th Avenue South, the original Union Academy was located at the site of a former Confederate Arsenal just south of the railroad… > Read More

W.I. Mitchell Home Site

7th Avenue and 16th Street North , Columbus, MS

In 1877, W.I. Mitchell became the first black principal of Union Academy, the first African-American school. Prior to becoming principal, he was also a teacher. From 1907 to 1913, he… > Read More


Whitehall (c. 1843)

Whitehall (c. 1843)

Open by appointment. Circa 1843 NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT   This pillared mansion was built near the street, although the property extended over an entire city block; it includes gardens,…

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Upcoming Events

CPD’s City-Wide Toy Drive

17 Nov 2017

NOW through Dec. 11, the Columbus Police Department Benefit Fund Committee is sponsoring a City-Wide…
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Education Town Hall

12 Dec 2017

You are invited to an Education Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 5:30 -…
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Columbus Sings ‘Messiah’

12 Dec 2017

Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Columbus Sings G.F. Handel's "MESSIAH" in…
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