Nashville’s African-American History Propels A New Walking Tour


Before launching her own tour company, Chakita Patterson regularly took walking tours in Nashville and other cities, and noticed a trend: “They only had one ‘black fact.’ ”

For a while, she complained to her partner. Then she took action.

“We were just like, listen: if we want black history highlighted or mentioned, we have to be the ones to do it,” she said.

Patterson’s United Street Tours opens to the public this weekend, joining what has been a growing piece of the city’s tourism boom. But while others touch on history, music or food, Patterson’s has a different focus.

“Black history in Nashville is so rich and so vibrant,” she said, “so it was frustrating that no one was talking about…

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