Two Day Suggested Experience
*These itineraries were specifically built to feature and include Black Cultural exhibits & experiences, Black Owned businesses and the recommendations from our Quintessential Black Experience in Louisville blog.
Boujie Biscuit-Scratch-made comfort food on a square, buttermilk, biscuit that celebrates culture through food.
Muhammad Ali’s Childhood Home-After breakfast take a drive past Muhammad Ali’s childhood home on Grand Avenue. You cannot miss the pink home (his mom’s favorite color) where the Clay family lived from 1947 to 1961. The home was restored several years ago to the original look and feel of the house when Ali lived there. (Note: the home is currently closed but visitors are welcome to drive past, read the historical marker out front, and take photos of the outside of the home.)
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience-Situated on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row” featuring an artisanal distillery, tours, and tastings. Celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams-- Kentucky’s first distiller, this immersive experience brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit.
KULA Gallery-Located in the heart of downtown, Kula Gallery showcases contemporary artwork in a historical building home with a loft style layout, exposed brick, high ceilings, and storefront curved glass, that is reminiscent of the early 1900’s department store row in downtown Louisville.
Muhammad Ali Center–Stroll through the award-winning, multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Louisville native son, Muhammad Ali. Learn about Ali’s incredible life that fueled his journey become the “Greatest of All Time.” Step into the boxing ring and take on the Champ, discover the story behind his infamous red bike that started his boxing career, and see the Olympic torch he used to light the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The Muhammad Ali Center has been a part of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail since early 2020.
Shirley Mae’s Cafe-Shirley Mae’s Café cuts no corners. Shirley Mae and Chef Theresa take an enormous amount of pride in the painstaking process of prepping and cooking fresh food every day they open their doors to their eager customers. The marriage of Shirley Mae’s Café’s nostalgic atmosphere with its savory and historically authentic dishes… straight out of the South… resonates with people who like its down-home-feel and its special one-of-a-kind cuisine.
Roots 101-Explore this brand-new museum adjacent to Louisville’s Main Street and Whiskey Row that is dedicated to telling the story of the African American journey from Africa and all ports in between. Other highlights include learning about Black local musicians’ influence on genres from old time Jugband to gospel and R & B. “Check-in” to a model hotel room that would have been featured in the famous “Green Book”.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory-You cannot miss the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger bat welcoming you to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Stand with Jackie Robinson. Admire Hank Aaron’s heroics. Hold Derek Jeter’s bat. Every day at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory celebrate the extraordinary impact Black baseball players have on the game and society. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory covers the bases, from before the Negro Leagues to today’s superstars. At the end of your visit, you will even get to take a mini Slugger bat home with you.
Frazier History Museum-Explore over 1,000 years of history throughout the Frazier History Museum with interactive exhibits and seeing history come to life through costumed actors who bring visitors face-to-face with some of the events and people who changed the world, including The Smiths who share the stories of live West of Ninth Street in Louisville. Using photographs and personal narratives to share the stories of residents of the nine neighborhoods that make up West Louisville.
E & S African American Art Gallery-Established over 25 years ago, E & S Gallery is one of the oldest, largest, and award-winning African American art gallery known for providing exquisite and collectible artwork. In 2015, E & S was named “Best Gallery in Kentucky” and one of the “Top 25 Galleries in the U.S” by American Art Awards.
Brendon’s Catch 23-Described as a “seafood paradise,” Brendon’s Catch 23 has situated itself as a Chef-driven premier restaurant destination for the best seafood offerings in the city, including a bar with more than 100 of Kentucky’s finest bourbons to enjoy at the bar after dinner.
Ada’s Kitchen & Catering-Located in the hear of the city with the city in its heart, Ada’s Kitchen and Catering is your first choice in homestyle cooking. Enjoy delicious Southern homestyle cooking with a warm, family-friendly atmosphere.
Kentucky Derby Museum-Experience the greatest 2 minutes in racing as you watch the “Greatest Race” in a 360-degree theatre. Tour the historic Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track to see the famous track up close. While exploring the museum, be sure to stop by the African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing exhibit to learn about the integral role African Americans have played in Thoroughbred racing in America from the very first Kentucky Derby race.
Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing-For more than 200 years, the Farnsley-Moremen House has been the centerpiece of a 300-acre historic farm atop a gentle rise overlooking the Ohio River. More than 25 years of archaeology digs and research has uncovered new information about the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the farm, and their paths to freedom, that visitors can learn about on dedicated tours and archaeological experiences.
Sweet Peaches-In the heart of West Louisville, is the only deli/bakery in the area where visitors will start the day with a homemade breakfast ranging from baked goods to breakfast sandwiches.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage-Located at 18th & Muhammad Ali Boulevard, the Heritage Center overlooks the area that once was Old Walnut Street—an area that holds special significance for Kentuckiana’s African American community. At the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, African American history has the platform to share its monumental achievements with the community in which they took place.
Historic Locust Grove-This 1790s mansion tells the story of America’s beginnings. Now a National Historic Landmark, Locust Grove is a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship, and history that has welcomed of American luminaries. Locust Grove is also committed to telling the stories and interpreting the lives of the enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at Locust Grove. Locust Grove was the home and workplace of dozens of enslaved African Americans during the Croghans’ residency from 1790 to 1849.
The Black Italian-Founded by a Soul husband and Italian wife team with a mission to serve delicious authentic Italian cuisine with a touch of soul prepared with quality, fresh and local ingredients infused in each homecooked meal.
Louisville Cream-Started in the winter of 2014, Louisville Cream is a small batch ice cream company located in the NULU neighborhood, where each batch – from the staple favorites to the seasonal flavors—are special.
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