Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: April 18, 2011

If you miss Tuesday night’s airing of the latest Columbus Neighborhoods documentary on King-Lincoln, tune in this Friday at 10:30 pm for a re-airing of this fine documentary produced by WOSU’s George Levert and Brent Davis.

At its height in the 1930s, hundreds of people filled its bustling streets. The nation’s top musicians played its many theatres and clubs. African Americans of all walks of life lived and shopped there. Its two fabled streets, Mt. Vernon Avenue and Long Street, anchored the neighborhood that became the commercial and cultural heart of Columbus’s African American community.

Columbus Neighborhoods: King-Lincoln shows how this thriving neighborhood developed on land once used by Buffalo Bill when he brought his wild west show to Columbus. Because Columbus was practically—if not officially—segregated, a self-contained and self-reliant African American community developed and flourished on the city’s Near East side. The documentary explores the area’s rich and vibrant music heritage and includes features on Elijah Pierce, Aminah Robinson, Roman Johnson, and other artists. The program 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.

  • johnrees

    Grote (Donato’s Pizza) said it best, if you’re from the South End, it’s the South End; otherwise it’s the South Side.