Catfish Alley

In the late 19th and early 20th century Catfish Alley was the nexus of black commercial life in Columbus. Though historians are uncertain of how the block-long strip got its name, theories include the tendency of African-American commercial fishermen to sell their wares on the sidewalk and the smell of frying catfish that resulted. A less plausible theory holds the name was inspired by the Catfish Row of George and Ira Gershwin’s wildly popular 1927 musical, Porgy and Bess.

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African American Heritage Driving Tour of Lowndes County