Black History Itinerary for Mobile, AL

Discover the significant imprint of Black history on Mobile, from the story of segregation to the soulful taste of Black-owned restaurants.


DAY ONE

UNPACK YOUR BAGS

We like to say that we “welcome everyone with a smile and a sit down and stay awhile!” You’ll quickly see that making Mobile your home away from home is easy at a variety of our local hotels!

GO ON A TOUR

Secrets, stories, history, and culture are all around, you just have to know where to look and who to ask! The Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail shares Mobile’s Black history and the countless contributions Black Mobilians have made throughout the city’s 300-year lifetime. Reflect on Mobile’s role in slavery and the Civil War while celebrating the resilience and success of Mobile’s Black entrepreneurs, athletes, and civic leaders.

A SOULFUL TASTE

Located in the heart of downtown Mobile, SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar, is what owner and chef Erica Barrett calls “Mobilian food.” A soulful restaurant where southern and seafood collide. Looking for a “slap yo’ mama” good plate? Be sure to order the Fried chicken and red velvet waffles, drenched in a white chocolate sauce, with a side of pecan-topped sweet potatoes.


DAY TWO

TENDER IS OUR SKIN

Plan on visiting the Alabama Contemporary Art Center located in the heard of downtown Mobile. Beginning on January 14, Tender is Our Skin is an exhibition of photographs, films, videos, and voices by artists whose work explores the intimate moments of coming of age. The selection of works focuses on individual narratives and contemplates how stereotypes are shaped in our society. Through the artist lens and voices the exhibition challenges how society defines concept of identity and kinship at the threshold of youth and adulthood. The exhibition questions how traditional rites of passage have changed over time influenced by social climate, history, and environmental changes.  

FOOD THAT'S GOOD FOR THE SOUL

A one-of-a-kind sense of southern hospitality full of unique flavors, Southern National boasts James Beard nominated chefs and dishes that are sure to delight your taste buds. Here you’ll enjoy a number of perfectly seasoned dishes such as seared scallops, pan roasted duck or a perfectly tender ribeye!

A NIGHT OUT

End your day sipping on your favorite handcrafted martini, cocktail, wine or beer. Let mixologists delight you with their exceptional skill in crafting fresh, original libations that you’ll remember forever at the Royal Street Tavern, The Haberdasher, POST or one of our many other nightlife options.

 


DAY THREE

SOUTHERN COOKIN'

Made with “smoke, fire and love,” Saucy Q’s BBQ is some of the best in town! BBQ Spaghetti, a fried chicken BLT or a fresh pulled pork sandwich — you’re sure to love whatever you order! Looking for some soul food? Stop by Chef BJ’s Southern Soul café for fried chicken, loaded fries or a meatloaf sandwich! 

GET TO KNOW MOBILE

As a 300 year old city, we have many stories to tell; but, which one will you hear? Whether you choose to explore a local museum, take a guided tour or a stroll under the oaks you’ll love learning about our rich history and culture. If your interest leans more towards flora and fauna, head to Bellingrath Gardens to enjoy the 65-acre landscape masterpiece.  Take a tour of one of the many historic antebellum homes or experience the fast-paced thrill of an airboat ride through the delta.


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