(BPT) - Whether it's a weekend road trip or fast flight for a longer vacation, a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, is memorable for people of all ages. Home of the legendary Muhammad Ali, the "Gateway to the South" is full of opportunity to explore, have fun and, most importantly, learn.
Steeped in history, there's no place quite like Louisville, a city that owes much of its authentic culture to many African American men and women. Visitors can now experience a raw and authentic look at Louisville's past through the Unfiltered Truth collection, with eight engaging and immersive experiences that will open your eyes, enrich your mind and forever imprint your heart.
Here are snapshots of each featured experience, brought to life by local actors, performers and historians passionate about the Black history in the "Bourbon City." Learn more at GoToLouisville.com/Black-Heritage.
The Ideal Bartender Experience
Step back in time to the final days of Prohibition and into the secret Speakeasy at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Once inside, you will meet Louisville native and renowned bartender, Tom Bullock, the first Black American to write and publish a cocktail book. Sit down and learn about the life, legacy and love of spirits from the man himself in this special 45-minute presentation. Along the way, you will taste premium whiskeys and even get to enjoy one of Mr. Bullock’s most famous creations!
Songbird of the South
Songbird of the South tells the compelling story of Mary Ann Fisher's journey in becoming one of the first African American women to have a career as a Rhythm and Blues singer, thus paving the way for future generations. This one-woman performance experience chronicles Fisher's life from her tragic childhood beginning to her numerous musical successes. Her first taste of fame came in 1941 when she won a talent contest singing at the Lyric Theatre on Walnut Street, earning her the name Song Bird of the South. She then became a popular local talent around Louisville, and as her fame grew, she enjoyed opportunities to sing with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, James Brown and more.
Black Americans in Bourbon
As the Official Starting Point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail™, the Frazier History Museum has a unique and immersive cultural experience that will inform and entertain visitors by navigating the unheard stories of African Americans who have made one of the state’s greatest products, Bourbon, into America’s Native Spirit. Told from multiple points of view, "From Enslaved to Empowered" will take you on a journey from right after World War II to the present, giving visitors an idea of what it took for African Americans to come out of the shadows of the history of Bourbon and into today’s headlines.