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.


African American Heritage Driving Tour of Lowndes County