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This old Oak Tree has been a gathering place since slavery in Mobile

 

MOBILE HISTORIC SITES


Slave Market Site
DESCRIPTION: Since the cities founding a century slave-holders met to trade slaves for commerce on this site; though federal legislation officially ended the importation of slaves in 1808, there were flagrant violations of the law until 1860; slave trade was very active here
ADDRESS: St. Louis Street at Royal Street  MAP

Mobile Public Library, Davis Avenue Branch
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1931 to serve the needs of the African American community the Davis Avenue branch library is a small-scale version of the local public library; it reflects a social climate where African Americans were provided with separate educational facilities
ADDRESS: 564 Davis Ave  MAP

 

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

DESCRIPTION: Built in 1855, the Bragg family split their time between this Mansion and their cotton plantation in Lowndes County outside of Montgomery; Judge Bragg died in 1878, and four additional families have owned the home since his passing; the last private owner was the A.S. Mitchell family who purchased the home and property in 1931 and occupied it until 1965 -- during that time, the Mansion became an icon of the city; this restored twenty-room mansion is adorned with period furnishings, artwork, double parlors, a lavish dining room, stenciled moldings and grounds with Mobile's trademark live oaks and azaleas; given its contruction period and location, a number of Black craftsmen were involved in building this National Historic Landmark

ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $3students and children

DAYS & HOURS: Tue–Fri 10a-4p

ADDRESS: 1906 Springhill Ave  MAP

PHONE: 251-471-6364

WEBSITE: http://www.braggmitchellmansion.com


Hawthorne House
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1853, the house -- a rather simply detailed Gulf Coast Cottage -- was occupied by the Reverend Joshua Kedar Hawthorne, a White minister who moved to Mobile from Conecuh County where he reputedly worked with free Black churches
ADDRESS: 352 Stanton Road  MAP

Hunter House
DESCRIPTION: This two-story Italianate home matches in scale, character and architectural detail White owned Mobile residences of the period; it is also significant for its association with Bettie Hunter, an affluent 19th-century Black business woman
ADDRESS: 503 St. Francis Street  MAP

Historic Blakely Park
DESCRIPTION: 9 Black Regiments of General Hawkins helped capture Fort Blakely on 9 April 1865; this action quickly led to the Confederates to cede Mobile to Union Forces and help draw the Civil War to an end; many Black soldiers who died here are buried in Magnolia Cemetery
ADDRESS: 33707 Alabama Highway 225  MAP

Mount Vernon Arsenal-Searcy Hospital Complex
DESCRIPTION: Called Fort Stoddert in 1799, it was renamed Mt. Vernon Arsenal in 1828; during the Civil War it was seized by Confederate troops, but was returned to the federal government after the war; later the state legislature established Mt. Vernon Hospital to relieve overcrowding at Bryce Hospital, the state psychiatric facility; Mt. Vernon was designated exclusively for the care of the Black mentally ill until it was desegregated in 1969
ADDRESS: Coy Smith Highway  MAP

Plateau, AL

Africatown
DESCRIPTION: The heritage of a people brought from the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa to Mobile on a slave ship still lives on in Africatown. This area, about 3 miles north of Mobile, received its name because of its African population and culture; on the night of July 9, 1860, the slave ship Clotilde, headed by Captain William Foster, entered Mobile Harbor; due to the outlaw of African slave trade since 1808, Captain Foster had to transfer the slaves from the ship into a riverboat to bring them into Mobile. He then burned and sunk the Clotilde; once sold to those interested in the Clotilde expedition, these enslaved Africans--intelligent, hard-working and industrious people--created their own neighborhood at Magazine Point, a community that still lives on today. In fact, many descendants of Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis, the last survivor of the Clotilde, still reside here, and a bust of him sits in front
ADDRESS: Union Missionary Baptist Church  MAP
PHONE: 251-433-8511

Whistler, AL

Whistler
DESCRIPTION: Alabama's largest historically Black town with a number of historic sites
ADDRESS: Area surrounding Whistler Street and Wasson Ave  MAP

 

 

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