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BLACK CULTURE

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.

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.

Support These Entrepreneurs

From Chef Oya's The Trap to Maxine's Chicken and Waffles, Indy's black-owned restaurants have unique tastes for you to enjoy.
Basketball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings has two locations of her Tea's Me Cafe which also serves lunch.

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 contriburions to Black History within the church walls.

Tributes To Black Innovators

  • Building-sized murals pay tribute to poet Mari Evans, Pacers legend Reggie Miller, and cycling hero Major Taylor (coming soon).
  • Connect with Indy jazz legends Wes Montgomery, JJ Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, and more at the Indiana Jazz Legends mural.

Jazz To Hip-hop

  • Chreece is an annual showcase of hip-hop talent across multiple clubs in Fountain Square.
  • The Jazz Kitchen is an Indy institution and the best place to catch local and traveling stars of the genre. 

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.

Marking A Moment In History

  • The Landmark for Peace pays tribute to Robert Kennedy's landmark speech on the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Park Visitor Center brings the events of April 4, 1968, to life for visitors.

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.

Black Culture in Indy

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