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.
100-198 S 5th St, Columbus, MSLocated 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
1213 Concord Road, Columbus, MSOne 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
1104 5th Avenue North, Columbus, MSDr. 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
4th Avenue South and 1st Street South , Columbus, MSBorn 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
1207 5th Avenue North, Columbus, MSThe 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
100-198 N 5th St, Columbus, MSThe 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
1501 N 7th Ave, Columbus, MSQueen 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
924 20th Street North, Columbus, MSThe R. E. Hunt Museum & Cultural Center is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 and supported by alumni, voluteers and friends. R. E. Hunt opened its… > Read More
7th Avenue and 14th Street North, Columbus, MSRobert 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
100-198 S 25th St, Columbus, MSSandfield 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
110 2nd Ave N, Columbus, MSShiloh 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
315 2nd Avenue North, Columbus, MSNATIONAL 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
9th Avenue South, Columbus, MSAs 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
7th Avenue and 16th Street North , Columbus, MSIn 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
The R. E. Hunt Museum & Cultural Center is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 and supported by alumni, voluteers and friends. R. E. Hunt opened its…
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Throughout April, the CAC Gallery exhibit "FLASH POINT," features the work of Melissa Morgan. A…
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April 29th and 30th This golf event is open to the public. For information, contact…
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Eagles Tribute "Hotel California" Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm Rosenzweig Arts Center - 501…
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