Mobile County

Big plans for Africatown's waterways

Africatown Connections Blueway would wind through Mobile, Prichard, and Chickasa

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - Plans to transform Africatown from a long-neglected Mobile neighborhood into a historic tourist destination have now been coupled with efforts to highlight the area's natural resources.

Community leaders Thursday night unveiled plans for the Africatown Connections Blueway.

“It’s really important to connect people to one another and then connect the communities of the region,” said Liz Smith-Incer of the National Park Service which is providing technical assistance on the project.

The idea is to use Three Mile Creek, the Mobile River, and Chickasaw Creek to connect people to the water and their history.

“So as you paddle or motor your boat along the Blueway eventually our dream is that you would come upon different launches with highlights of various historic points of interest,” said Smith-Incer.

The points of interest would concern the history and development of the community founded by the last slaves brought to this country.

The cities of Mobile, Prichard, and Chickasaw are involved in the project, as well as Mobile County, and the State. Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood attended Thursday’s meeting at the Hope Center on Edwards Street, as did State Senator Vivian Davis Figures.

“I think it is time for it to happen and I’m just really excited about it,” Figures told the crowd.

The plans are adding to the excitement surrounding Africatown.  BP settlement funds have been allocated to building a welcome and tourist center.

People can learn more about the Blueways project Saturday afternoon between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at a community celebration to be held under the west side of the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge.

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