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.
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
Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours
Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible, Open Year 'Round, Pets Accepted
Near Interstate Highway
American Express, Mastercard, Visa
Civil War Site, Film & Music Site
Suitable for Ages