Indiana Avenue anchors the district stretching between the Central Canal and White River, where history, music, restored neighborhoods, and spirituality come together to showcase Indianapolis’ rich African-American heritage. Indiana Avenue offers art galleries, artist studios, historic attractions, unique restaurants, museums, parks, and public art.
America’s first female self-made millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker, enriched the lives of millions when she developed a line of beauty products specifically for African American women in the early 1900s. Tour or take in a Jazz on the Avenue performance at the Madame Walker Theatre Center, a National Historic Landmark.
Senator Robert Kennedy gave a speech in Indianapolis the night Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Visit the poignant Landmark for Peace Memorial that pays tribute to that historic occasion, the two men, and the difficult time in our nation’s history.
Experience an unforgettable journey as a slave seeking freedom via the Underground Railroad with Conner Prairie’s Follow the North Star program. Intense, challenging, and emotional.
See bravery through the eyes of Ruby Bridges, the first grader who attended the newly desegregated schools of New Orleans in 1960. The largest children’s museum in the world explores art, culture, science, and history in a way that appeals to the kid in all of us.
Explore an extraordinary collection of African jewelry, tapestries, artifacts, sculptures, and contemporary installations at one of the nation’s premier art museums.
Through permanent exhibits and The Legacy Theater, visitors develop a sense of understanding and admiration for African American history in Indiana and beyond.
From the Civil War and Indiana’s role on the Underground Railroad, to the legacies of Madam Walker and others, explore Indiana’s rich history via interactive exhibits, historic images, manuscripts, artifacts, and more.
Located in the city’s former segregated school for blacks, the Crispus Attucks Museum tells remarkable stories about segregation and Indianapolis natives like Oscar Robertson who broke through racial barriers in sports.
Captivating artists perform in an intimate venue while guests enjoy classic cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The neighborhood named after Freeman Ransom, a prominent black lawyer who managed the legal affairs of Madam CJ Walker, was once the heart of the city’s 1830s-era African American community. Many of the historic homes remain intact today.
This contemporary art gallery features paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works by local, national, and international African American artists.
A new initiative of the Indianapolis Public Library celebrates the literary and cultural contributions of African Americans in Indy and elsewhere. Located inside the beautiful, historic Central Library.
Along Indiana Avenue, a street that buzzed with nationally and internationally renowned jazz musicians, you’ll find a mural adorning the side of a music shop and featuring jazz greats like Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Coe, Slide Hampton, and others who developed their craft in Indy.