King-Lincoln

Columbus Neighborhoods: King-Lincoln

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.

Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

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.

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King-Lincoln: Churches

More than places of worship, churches in the King-Lincoln community are trusted champions of the neighborhood and fighters for civil rights.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

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.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

King-Lincoln: A Cradle for Artists

Widely recognized artists flourished in King-Lincoln. They created remarkable works and lived unforgettable lives.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

East High School Traditions

East High School is a source of neighborhood pride, with enduring bonds with students and graduates.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

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.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

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.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

Transforming King-Lincoln

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.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: King-Lincoln map

King-Lincoln Map

Take a look at a map of the King-Lincoln neighborhood. View Map