Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health are pleased to announce a series of four FREE Saturday walking tours made possible with support from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join us to celebrate historic neighborhoods through the experiences and stories of residents past and present.
Whether you live up the street or are visiting from another city, join these FREE walking tours to discover historic Columbus neighborhoods through the experiences and stories of residents past and present. Tours will begin promptly at the time and location listed. No need to register in advance – just show up!
King-Lincoln Culture Walk
Lessons in Black, Bronze and Blues
Whether you know it as the Blackberry Patch, Bronzeville or the Birthplace of Jazz in Columbus, the vibrancy of King-Lincoln is from the people who lived there. African-Americans of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds such as laborers, doctors and entrepreneurs all called this neighborhood home. By the 1920s, Long Street was the center of commercial, social and entertainment life with many black owned and operated businesses, including grocers, hotels, theaters, barber shops, beauty parlors, insurance companies, undertakers, confectioneries, dentists, and girls “frying fish in the windows of restaurants.” They were, in the words of the late Dr. Anna Bishop, “the nurseries of all Black progress in every field of endeavor.” The tour will begin at the historic Lincoln Theatre and end in time for the Soul Food Festival honoring the legacy of the late Eric Carmichael who helped create a vibrant King-Lincoln gateway.