EXPERIENCE BLACK CULTURE IN INDY
You want to connect with the places and spaces shaping the black experience in Indy. From the storied history of Indiana Avenue's jazz scene to the legacy of Madame Walker and the historic sites that tell the story. Experience the art that, in some cases, stands as tall as a building. You want to taste what our pioneering chefs are cooking and hear the city's unique sounds. Moreover, you want to connect with the people making it all happen.
This Month & Every Month
- Find local events, exhibits, and performances that shine a light on Black culture in Indy.
- Support Black-owned businesses and restaurants, diving into your go-to spots or finding a new favorites.
Get An Insider's View Of The Circle City
Indianapolis Black culture scene is thriving, and not just in our food, festivals, or history. The real measure of Black culture in Indy is the people who are out in the community, making things happen. Hear why these Indy locals are proud to call the Circle City home.
AMERICAN LEGION MALL | MAY 18
This groundbreaking event is set to be Indiana’s first one-day Black rock festival, paying homage to the roots of rock 'n’ roll while spotlighting the enduring legacy of Black rock and championing equity within the genre. Check out the exciting lineup of Janelle Monáe, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph Band, Joy Oladokun, Meet Me @ The Altar, and Inner Peace.
First African-American High School
- The museum explores the triumphs and struggles surrounding this school known for excellence in both academics and athletics.
- Crispus Attucks was the first all-black school in the nation to win a state basketball title in 1955 in big thanks to NBA legend Oscar Robertson.
- Formerly the home of the Bethel A.M.E Church, this historic church building is now part of the new Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites on the Canal downtown
- Explore the history and impact of Bethel A.M.E Church's contributions to Black History within the church walls.
America's First Female Self-made Millionaire
Explore Indy's History on Foot
Indy has a rich Black history and tour guide Sampson Levingston has done the homework for you. His Through2Eyes Indiana Walk & Talk Tours give you the opportunity to take in the sights while you absorb storytelling by this dynamic personality. Public and private tours are available.
Indianapolis Central Library
- Interactive displays, books, and images highlighting African American heroes who changed the world.
- Free and open to the public at the Indianapolis Central Library.