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August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Pittsburgh

 

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WELCOME TO PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
Few views of cities are more dramatic than emerging from the Penn-Lincoln Parkway Tunnel into downtown. Geography, vision and luck are the reasons. Three rivers divide the city into the Northside, Southside and Downtown ... More

BLACK GENESIS
Pittsburgh’s black community came, first came freedom and later in search of work. As early as 1750, both French and British forces seeking control of America’s waterways to the west sheltered fugitive slaves ... More

CULTURAL SITES
August Wilson Center for African American Culture features Pittsburgh’s contributions to African-American culture with exhibitions about plays, Jazz, Negro Leagues Baseball ... More

RESTAURANTS and NIGHTCLUBS
Amani Coffeehouse & Café, Kaya, Wilson's Bar-be-que, Royal Caribbean, CJ’s in the Strip, Abay Restaurant and others keep it real when when you visit Steeltown for business or pleasure ... More

SHOPS and GALLERIES
The pickin's are slim, but you can find Afrocentric books, clothes, jewelry, masks, statues, incense, oils, music, drums, gifts ... More

HILL DISTRICT
From the 1920s to the 1940s, no other city better defined the athletic genius and social impact of Black baseball than Pittsburgh. As headquarters for two great Negro League teams ... More

KUNTU and The RISE OF BLACK THEATRE
Before he blew up, August Wilson had a playwright partner that was just as prolific, but better known regionally, Rob Penny. Penny and Wilson had already formed Black Horizons Theatre Company as a creative vehicle ... More


PLACES OF WORSHIP
Bethel AME Church, St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Wesley Center AME Zion Church, First Church of God in Christ ... More

HISTORIC SITES
Freedom Corner Memorial began as protest site directly across from St. Benedict the Moor Church the protest was spurred when in the 1950s, when Downtown development encroached on the lower Hill District ... More

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS
The Rink at PPG Place, Carnegie Science Center, PNC Park, Heinz Field, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh Zoo, PPG Aquarium, Sandcastle Waterpark, Kennywood Park ... More

GENERAL ATTRACTIONS
Housed a 19th century railroad building, Station Square is one of Pittsburgh residents favorite outings. It contains more than 40 specialty shops and more than a dozen outstanding restaurants ... More

ART and HISTORY MUSEUMS
Heinz Pittsburgh History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells the experiences of waves of immigrants who came to Pittsburgh from the 1750s to the present ... More

PERFORMING ART VENUES
Pittsburgh is blessed to have one of the finest downtown Theater Districts with Heinz Hall, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Byham Theater, O’Reilly Theater, plus several fine theaters ... More

TRIVIA and FAMOUS RESIDENTS
Pittsburgh has transitioned from a stodgy Steel City to the forefront of medicine, education, banking and corporate headquarters. It is internationally known for its pioneering organ transplant surgery, diabetes, cardiology ... More

RESEARCH CREDITS:
Thomas Dorsey
Sheila Umolu

 

 
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