Design idea competition aims to elevate Alabama’s Africatown as a major cultural heritage tourism destination

Africatown is a small but vibrant neighborhood just north downtown of Mobile, Alabama, formally established in 1872 by a group of 32 formerly enslaved West Africans who were among a larger group of 110 people illicitly smuggled to the Gulf Coast a decade prior aboard the ship Clotilda. Today, the history-rich community, which includes the National Register of History Places-listed Africatown Historic District, serves as the physical and spiritual heart of a sprawling, multi-site “cultural mile” proposed as part of an international design ideas competition now in its early stages. While Africatown and its namesake design competition will be the subject of an in-depth profile to be

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