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African American History

Take a journey through more than 200 years of the African-American experience in southwestern Pennsylvania. One hundred sites of local, regional and national significance are represented in this first-ever tour guide of African-American history in the region.

The goal of this guide of African-American historic sites in the region is to inform the public about the extensive history and also to draw attention to the need for preservation and reuse of many of the sites featured.

Visitors to Pittsburgh, long-time natives, and students are encouraged to use this site guide as a resource for exploring the rich depth and breadth of African-American history—from the Underground Railroad to the jazz era. This list is not designed to be exhaustive but to represent a cross section of sites with major significance to the development of the Pittsburgh region’s African-American community.

This project, compiled by the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, was supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.


City of Pittsburgh Sites

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Allen Chapel AME Church

  • 1810 Fulton St.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15233
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
2

Ammon Recreation Center

  • 2217 Bedford Ave.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
3

Art Blakey (1919-1990)

  • 617 Chauncey St.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
4

August Wilson (1945-2005) Home

  • 1727 Bedford Ave.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
5

Avery College

  • 619 E. Ohio St.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
6

Avery Memorial AME Zion Church

  • 3403 California Ave.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
7

Bedford Dwellings

  • Bedford Avenue
  • (between Somers Avenue and Chauncey Drive)
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
8

Bethel AME Church

  • 2720 Webster Ave.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
9

Bethel AME Church

  • 405 1st Ave.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
10

Beulah Baptist Church

  • 201 Chalfont St.
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15210
  • Region: City of Pittsburgh
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Allegheny County Sites

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All-Black Fire Company - Crestas Terrace

  • 2208 Crestas Ave.
  • North Versailles, PA 15137
  • Region: Allegheny County
2

Allen Chapel AME Church

  • 606 Fifth St.
  • Elizabeth Borough, PA 15037
  • Region: Allegheny County
3

Clark Memorial Baptist Church

  • 1301 Glenn St.
  • Homestead, PA 15120
  • Region: Allegheny County
4

First Baptist Church

  • 665 Bower Hill Rd.
  • Bridgeville, PA 15017
  • Region: Allegheny County
5

Horner Middle School (now Hosanna House)

  • 807 Wallace St.
  • Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
  • Region: Allegheny County
6

Horning Historic District

  • Baldwin Township, PA 15236
  • Region: Allegheny County
7

Jerusalem Baptist Church

  • 14 South 5th St.
  • Duquesne, PA 15110
  • Region: Allegheny County
8

Park Place AME Church

  • 215 East Tenth Ave.
  • Homestead, PA 15120
  • Region: Allegheny County
9

St. Mark's AME Zion Church

  • 1409 Moniter St.
  • Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
  • Region: Allegheny County
10

St. Matthews A.M.E. Zion Church

  • 345 Thorn St.
  • Sewickley, PA 15143
  • Region: Allegheny County
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Beaver County Sites

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Buttonwood (Private Residence)

  • East side of Bradford Road
  • Darlington Township, PA 16115
  • Region: Beaver County
2

Geneva College

  • 3200 College Ave.
  • Beaver Falls, PA 15010
  • Region: Beaver County
3

Second Baptist Church

  • 2322 10th Ave.
  • Beaver Falls, PA 15010
  • Region: Beaver County
4

Second Baptist Church (of Rochester)

  • Clay Street and Irvin Avenue
  • Rochester, PA 15074
  • Region: Beaver County
5

St. John AME Church

  • 715 Mulberry St. 
  • Bridgewater, PA 15009
  • Region: Beaver County
6

Wayman Chapel

  • 1120 6th Ave.
  • New Brighton, PA 15066
  • Region: Beaver County

 

Butler County Sites

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Pullman Park

  • 300 Pillow St.
  • Butler, PA 16001
  • (724) 865-2400
  • Region: Butler County

 

Fayette County Sites

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Birthplace of Ernie Davis (December 14 1939-May 18 1963)

  • Main Street at Mill Street
  • New Salem, PA 15468
  • Region: Fayette County
2

First Baptist Church of Smock

  • Batya Road
  • Franklin Township
  • Smock, PA 15480
  • Region: Fayette County
3

John Wesly AME Zion Church and Baker Alley

  • 349 E Main St.
  • Uniontown, PA 15401
  • Region: Fayette County
4

John Woodruff (July 5 1915-October 30 2007)

  • Connellsville High School Falcon Stadium
  • South Arch Street at Ohio Street
  • Connellsville, PA 15425
  • Region: Fayette County
5

Mt. Zion AME Church

  • 214 Cadawaller St.
  • Brownsville, PA 15417
  • Region: Fayette County
6

St. Paul AME Church

  • 187 Morgantown St.
  • Uniontown, PA 15401
  • Region: Fayette County
7

Whitsett Historic District

  • Perry Township, PA 15473
  • Region: Fayette County

 

How the sites were determined

Sites for this tourguide were determined based on whether the site fit into at least one of ten historical themes and met at least one of five criteria, listed below.

Historical Themes

  1. Patterns of Settlement and Housing
  2. Sports and Recreation, including Social Clubs
  3. Arts and Entertainment
  4. Places of Work/Businesses
  5. Famous People
  6. Religious Properties
  7. Underground Railroad
  8. Education & Politics
  9. Civil Rights
  10. Military

 

Criteria for Tour Guide Listing

  1. National or Statewide Significance: The site is listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and/or has a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) marker.
  2. Local Significance: The site is a locally-designated landmark, has a plaque, or is of particular interest to southwestern Pennsylvania's history.
  3. Visitability: The site is interesting enough that someone would travel to see it.
  4. Condition: The site is still standing, it's part of a historic district, or the site is of particular archaeological interest.
  5. Thematic Relevance: The site is representative of a larger historical theme in the region, state or nation.
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