Black Heritage Trail

Presidential Pathways

Black Heritage Trail

Black Heritage Trail

900 Front Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901



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.

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