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.
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 Mobillians 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.
THE SEGREGATION STORY
Plan on spending your day at the Mobile Museum of Art and exploring Langan Park. Located in the heart of the park, the museum boasts over 6,400 works of art from around the world. The museum currently has the iconic photographs by Gordon Parks during the Jim Crow era on display in the city where they were captured with the special exhibition, Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956. This exhibition of photographs documents the everyday activities and rituals of one extended black family, the Thorntons, in Mobile and Shady Grove, Alabama, during segregation. The images were originally published in a 1956 photo essay by Parks, an assignment from Life magazine after the Montgomery bus boycotts, but have come to be known around the world for helping to inspire the Civil Rights movement.
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.
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 friends 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.