Bourbon City’s Black Heritage
See experiences and attractions honoring the impact and influence of Black culture on Louisville.
Louisville would not be the creative, innovative, passionate city that it is without its Black community. For so many things that make Louisville unique- from Bourbon, to horse racing, to food traditions and even the Greatest himself, Muhammad Ali- countless people of color have contributed their gifts to build the city’s vibrant culture. The past can be complex and sometimes hard to imagine through a modern lens. We all benefit from learning a destination’s complete history. We welcome you to discover Bourbon City’s Black Heritage.
Black Heritage Experiences
Engage in experiences and attractions honoring the impact and influence
of African Americans on Louisville’s authentic culture
Muhammad Ali Center
The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Louisville’s native son-- Muhammad Ali
Kentucky Derby Museum
Experience the greatest 2-minutes in racing with family-friendly exhibits, a 360-degree immersive video experience, and a chance to see the historic track up-close.
Frazier History Museum
Located on Museum Row, the Frazier reinterprets stories from Kentucky, United States and world history using artifacts, gallery talks and live daily performances.
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
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.
The Historic Roots101 African American Museum is dedicated to telling the African American Journey from Africa and all ports between.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
African American educators, artists and historians collaborated to give the long dormant history of African Americans in the region the voice and platform it deserves.
Locust Grove tells the story of General George Rogers Clark, William and Lucy Clark-Croghan and their brother William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame, and the slaves who lived and worked here.
Standing atop a gentle rise overlooking the Ohio River, the Farnsley-Moremen House is the centerpiece of a 300-acre historic site built circa 1837.
Carnegie Center for Arts & History
The Carnegie Center for Art and History is a local history museum and contemporary art gallery, mounting seven exhibits annually.
Self-Guided Civil Rights History Tour
The 22-stop tour is put together by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research in the Ekstrom Library at University of Louisville.
The Journey: Unsung Stories of the Underground Railroad
During this walkable, drivable audio tour you will visit significant locations and landmarks along both sides of the Ohio River that reveal local connections to the Underground Railroad.
The Filson Historical Society
The African American History Initiative (AAHI) aims to enhance and preserve a collection of stories on Black history and culture in the Louisville region.