Presidential Pathways / Columbus

Black Heritage Trail

900 Front Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

800-999-1613
  • Ma Rainey House

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  • Liberty Theater

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  • Come to the Visitors Center for your copy of our Black Heritage Brochure!

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African-Americans have played a significant role in the growth and development of Columbus. The various individuals, landmarks, churches, schools and structures are living testimonials of the proud achievements of the black citizens of Columbus. Follow the Black Heritage Trail and learn about:

Horace King - Born a slave in South Carolina, he rose to become the most respected bridge builder in west Georgia, Alabama and northeast Mississippi from the 1830s until the 1880s, having constructed more than 100 massive town lattice truss bridges over nearly every major river in Georgia and neighboring states. He is credited with building the magnificent self-supported wooden staircase that is still one of he most outstanding features of the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, where he would serve four years in the Alabama State Legislature following the Civil War.

Ma Rainey Home - On the National Historic Register, this is the last home where Gertrude "Ma Rainey" Pridgett resided. Known as "The Mother of Blues," she received the 1993 Women of Achievement Award and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

For more information on our Black Heritage Trail or to receive our Black Heritage Guide, visit our website.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Monday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Tuesday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Wednesday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Thursday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee $0.00

    Discounts

    Group Discount

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible, Open Year 'Round, Pets Accepted

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly, Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    185, 85

    Payment Options

    American Express, Mastercard, Visa

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site, Film & Music Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages