Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Four Points: One of Several Black Business Hubs in Montgomery
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
—Corner of Mildred and Mobile Streets —
Four Points: One of Several Black Business Hubs in Montgomery, and the Impact of Desegregation on Black Business Districts
The intersection of Mildred and Moore Streets was once home to Four Points, a thriving black business district. The neighborhood streets were filled with locally owned grocery stores, dentists, shops, gas stations, and professional offices. Mothers and children walked after school to shops and visited with neighbors and community leaders. Family owned businesses thrived in neighborhood districts throughout West Montgomery However, it was not to last.
As courts set landmark legislation outlawing racial segregation and the Interstate Highway Act began reshaping vast areas of black communities, Montgomery's historic black neighborhoods began losing residents due to forced relocation, which decimated customers and revenue for local businesses. One of the unintended effects of desegregation was ultimately the destruction of the historic black business districts and the communities themselves.
Erected 2015 by the City of Montgomery. (Marker Number 7.)
Location. 32° 22.249′ N, 86° 19.07′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Mobile Street, Montgomery AL 36108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal AME Zion Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Black Churches Provide Significant Support for the March and Voting (approx. ¼ mile away); The Five Points Area: A Unique Blend of Communities in 1965 (approx. ¼ mile away); Sherman W. White, Jr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Highway Construction Destroys Historic Black Neighborhoods (approx. 0.4 miles away); Day Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Judge Frank M. Johnson: Judicial Fairness in the Age of Segregation (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.