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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 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 11, 2015
1. Four Points: One of Several Black Business Hubs in Montgomery Marker
Inscription.
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
Intersection of Mobile & Mildred Streets image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 11, 2015
2. Intersection of Mobile & Mildred Streets
There are many leftover foundations, empty lots and buildings in the area.
County. Marker is at the intersection of Mobile Street and Mildred Street, on the right when traveling north on Mobile Street. 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 AmericansCivil RightsIndustry & Commerce
 
Four Points: One of Several Black Business Hubs in Montgomery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Google Street View circa Apr 2014
3. Four Points: One of Several Black Business Hubs in Montgomery Marker
As noted in the photo, only slabs and empty buildings are in the area.
 
 
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 196 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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