At its height in the 1930s, hundreds of people filled the bustling streets of the King-Lincoln District.
The nation’s top musicians played its many theatres and clubs. African Americans of all walks of life lived and shopped in the district. King-Lincoln explores the area’s rich cultural heritage, including profiles of artists Elijah Pierce, Aminah Robinson and Roman Johnson.
The documentary also explores the neighborhood’s demise as the interstate separated it from the rest of the city and shows how the renovation of The Lincoln Theatre may be a sign of the community’s rebirth.
A Vibrant African-American Community Emerges
The largest and most vibrant African-American neighborhood in Columbus developed on the east side marked by Mt. Vernon Avenue on the north and Long Street on the south.
More than places of worship, churches in the King-Lincoln community are trusted champions of the neighborhood and fighters for civil rights.
A Legacy of Music
In its heyday, the King-Lincoln neighborhood was a mecca for musicians—a good place to get a gig with nightclubs in every corner.
King-Lincoln: A Cradle for Artists
Widely recognized artists flourished in King-Lincoln. They created remarkable works and lived unforgettable lives.
East High School Traditions
East High School is a source of neighborhood pride, with enduring bonds with students and graduates.
A Freeway Comes through Mt. Vernon
The construction of Interstate 71 in the early 1960s significantly cut off the King-Lincoln area from downtown. The socioeconomic effects on the neighborhood were profound.
Jewish Businesses on Mt. Vernon and the Civil Rights Movement
The businesses along Mt. Vernon Avenue were in the midst of some of the hottest confrontations of the Civil Rights Movement including protests against Jewish business owners.
In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt came to the King-Lincoln area to dedicate Poindexter Village—one of the nation’s first public housing units. It was a milestone in the effort to improve housing and transform the neighborhood.
Take a look at a map of the King-Lincoln neighborhood. View Map