History comes alive through a variety of Tours. The Trail spotlights Mobile's culturally diverse heritage by linking historic contributions and events with significant locations. The Trail reveals the forgotten chapters of history telling the stories of courage and contributions made by Unsung Heroes from Mobile’s ethnically diverse past.

The African-American Heritage Trail’s primary objective is to share Mobile's diverse story. A forgotten past is recalled – the early creoles of African descent; African survivors from the Clotilda (the last slave ship to enter the US in 1860); newly freed blacks who worshipped and built the oldest churches in Alabama; African-Americans who settled in an area named ironically for Jefferson Davis – Davis Avenue that was later renamed Dr. Martin Luther King Ave; and the Civil Rights Advocates that were integral to the evolution of Mobile’s diverse heritage.

Through the African American Heritage Trail experience, all participants will develop a taste for the rich gumbo of ethnicity as revealed by Mobile's past and will enhance their lifelong understanding of the African-American’s role in Mobile history.

Step on Tours are presently available for groups. A Tour Guide will board your bus with a map for your Driver and narrate your group’s tour of the many African American Heritage Trail sites.

African American Heritage Trail Committee
Devereaux Bemis
Sheila Flanagan
Dr. Kern Jackson
Marcia Robinson
Dora Franklin Finley, Chairperson
Chandra Brown
Sandra Franks
Kathy Padgett
John Sledge

Contact information:
Mobile Historic Development Commission
P.O. Box 1827
Mobile, AL 36633-1827

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