Church Street Heritage Park
The Construction phase of Church Street Heritage Park is now complete and parking spaces are open for use.
We are looking forward to the 2nd phase of improvements which will include art installations, sculptures, and technology. These additions will tell the story of the Black Pioneers who lived and built their businesses on Church Street from 1900-1980. This destination greenspace is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, read a book, have a picnic lunch or to simply sit and rest between engagements in Downtown Anderson. Next time you are close by, come over for a visit.
Background: Church Street was a thriving center for African American culture and commerce in Anderson from 1900 until 1980. The viability of the area waned and buildings were torn down to make way for a parking lot. At its mid-century zenith, there were shoppers by day and revelers by night as artists and musicians lined the street. The citizens on Church Street were educated, professional business owners and entrepreneurs who served as community role models. It was a regional destination, home to: physicians, dentists, funeral homes, insurance companies, a grocery store, restaurants, a hotel, entertainment venues and service providers.
We have an opportunity to reflect this unique character of Anderson, recapturing its vibrancy, with construction of a park on the site’s footprint. It will serve to attract new and more frequent visitors to Downtown as part of our effort to become a cultural tourism destination and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.
For more history on East Church Street, please visit In Commemoration of Black Pioneers historical marker.
Please visit the Church Street Heritage Facebook page for updates.