Host City: Mobile, Alabama

“African American Cultural Heritage”

African-American cultural heritage is integral to the framework of Mobile’s past, present and future. Propelled by over 300 years of stories, culture and traditions, Mobile is honored to share every single one with you. Being one of the oldest cities on the Gulf Coast, Mobile has always been able to offer visitors exciting, entertaining, and educational experiences year-round. Translated: There are tons of fun things to do anytime you visit our historic, coastal town!

No matter where you turn, history is right around the corner. The African American Heritage Trail shares Mobile’s multicultural legacy by introducing visitors to over forty historic sites throughout the city. Additional localized exhibits include the “History of Colored Carnival” and an account of the Clotilde, the last known illegal slave ship, which docked in Mobile Bay. In 1860 the Clotilda, the last known ship to illegally smuggle African captives into the United States, sailed into Mobile. Many descendants of the survivors still live in Africatown, just a few miles north of downtown Mobile. 

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Africantown Heritage House

The Africatown Heritage House immerses visitors in the poignant narrative of the transatlantic journey to and from Africa, resurrecting the lives of the 110 captives. Exhibiting artifacts salvaged from the charred and sunken shipwreck, the museum invites contemplation on a history steeped in fortitude, hope, and tenacity, which coalesced to shape a community of unparalleled significance and endurance. This evocative experience serves as a testament to the enduring spirit that thrived amidst adversity, fostering a legacy of unity and resilience that remains unmatched in its profound impact on both the past and present.


Historic Avenue Cultural Center

The Historic Avenue Cultural Center debuted on October 4, 2023, featuring “Remembering the Avenue,” a community-engaging exhibit curated by Jada Jones under the Alabama Contemporary Art Center’s Guest Curator Program. This initiative mobilizes locals to chart the past, present, and potential destinies of Davis Avenue. Formerly the Davis Avenue Branch of the Mobile Public Library, the site, modeled after the Ben May Library, holds a storied past. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983, it transitioned from a Black library during segregation to the National African American Archives & Museum. 


Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail

The late Dora Franklin Finley always began her tales with, “You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you’ve been.” She envisioned the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail as a conduit to showcase African American contributions to Mobile. The trail, with 40 points of interest marked with historical plaques, introduces visitors to significant locations like Africatown, Stone Street Baptist Church (established in 1807), and key figures such as Betty Hunter. Tours led by Africatown storytellers offer insights into Mobile’s African American history through walking, driving, and boat tours, providing a rich tapestry of cultural contributions.


Unity Point Park

In downtown Mobile’s compact triangular park stands a statue honoring civil rights leader John LeFlore and former mayor Joseph Langan. Their collaboration in the 1950s and ’60s led to the desegregation of city buses, police, and local institutions. LeFlore, a postman who co-founded the NAACP Mobile chapter in 1925, tirelessly championed civil rights until his passing in 1976. Langan, a proponent of African-American voting rights in the 1940s and a lifelong advocate for equal opportunities, supported LeFlore in their shared quest for equality and justice. This monument commemorates their impactful partnership in advancing social progress and racial harmony.

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