Black History Itinerary for Mobile, AL
Discover the significant imprint of Black history on Mobile, from arts and culture to the soulful taste of Black-owned restaurants.
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.
ART FOR THE HEART
Plan on visiting the Mobile Museum of Art. The exhibit 3 American Artists features artists who have defined the art world through their work that focuses largely on the themes of race, gender, sexual identity, class, and pop culture. Mark Bradford, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Glenn Ligon are the renowned African American artists featured.
STEP BACK IN TIME
Starting January 4, 2023, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum invites guests to experience one of the most powerful and important exhibitions it has ever displayed. “Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” explores the power of the human spirit through a display of nearly 150 historical objects covering more than 350 years. It’s the first exhibition of its kind to examine the entire history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade from the 16th through 19th centuries, while also presenting the most up-to-date research and discoveries to the public. These include the latest marine archaeological discoveries, new research on key African societies, and an exploration of the slave trade’s modern-day legacies.
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 Kazoola, Kanary Bar, The Haberdasher, POST or one of our many other nightlife options.
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! Barbquing with my Honey, located on Dauphin Street, is dishing up "just plain good BBQ and some really good soul food." Which ever choice you make is sure to make you happy!
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.