COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Just in time for black history month, families, both young, and old gathered at the Columbus Times for the black history bus tour.
From churches, historical figures, and other businesses, the city of Columbus is rich in history. But, an often-forgotten part of that history is the deeply rooted African-American history that can be found in the city.
The tour took passengers through various routes along the African-American trail, stopping at various churches, the home of the blues singer, "Ma Rainey", slave cemeteries, as well as the Liberty Theater.
Lead organizer Barbara Pierce says this tour is meant to teach the importance of local black culture in a fun, interactive, and educational way.
"I decided that we needed to do something for black history. And when I look around and see all the historical markers and businesses that have been here for many, many years. I thought maybe we need to teach our young people a little about their local history right here in Columbus, GA," said Barbara Pierce, Black History Bus Tour Coordinator.
This trail showcases the African-Americans who have played significant roles in the growth and development of the city, plus highlights the many stories that have gone forgotten and untold.
The black history bus tour is over two hours long and visits over 25 locations. There will be another tour held February 18th.
Contact organizer Barbara Pierce at the Columbus Times at (706) 577-3197 for more information.