I’ve always been interested in knowing about what was here before I was, whether that’s here in Indianapolis or in the other Indiana cities that I travel to and from. History is one big story and I like finding where I, and others, fit in.
I started during the height of the pandemic, during the protests, and I wanted to get people together. We were outside, socially distanced, and I just needed to tell people why certain people in this country were so angry. I did it in a way that told a story of culture and community – we’re all part of this history! I only thought I would do one Walk & Talk!
It was the hub, the center, of Black community and culture here in Indianapolis. I’m Black, so I started right there, and I love all my Walk & Talks, but nothing compares to the experience on Indiana Avenue.
I think just looking at all the businesses, churches, schools, and homes that were lost due to “urban renewal” and the interstate is interesting, to say the least. It’s wild when you really take a deep dive into it.
Indy is great; the city feeds upon itself. Even though I’ve been seeing more visitors from out of state recently, my tours are actually built for Indy residents, so they seem to enjoy this history. I don’t really advertise, so friend-to-friend marketing helps me a lot! I’ve also had a lot of great organizations book private Walk & Talks!
Not quite sure yet. I’m a history guy, remember!
I really enjoy going up to James Whitcomb Riley’s grave at the top of Crown Hill. I like Riley and his poems, he has one that goes like this:
“It hain't no use to grumble and complane;
It's jest as cheap and easy to rejoice.—
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,
W'y rain's my choice.”
I like the Cultural Trail, and as a big fan of walking, it’s a tremendous asset to the city of Indianapolis. I recommend just walking the Cultural Trail until you find something that interests you. It’s easier to see things you’ve never noticed before when you’re walking around.