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Summer of Giving: King-Lincoln Walking Tour & Beautification

Summer of Giving: King-Lincoln Walking Tour & Beautification

Support a historic African-American neighborhood

Date: June 24 | Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Venue: Long Street Bridge/St. Paul AME Church

639 E Long St
Columbus, OH 43215

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NBC4 Today and Besa are teaming all summer for Summer of Giving—highlighting amazing nonprofits in Columbus and offering curated volunteer opportunities. For our third season of Summer of Giving, we’re focusing on opportunities around racial equity and justice. Join NBC4 and Besa to get inspired, get engaged and to stand in solidarity with the Black community.
The King-Lincoln Bronzeville District is a historically African-American area just east of Downtown Columbus. Dating back to the 1920's, this neighborhood was the heart of a thriving African-American business and entertainment district. Currently, it is home to the Lincoln Theater, Columbus Urban League, the King Arts Complex, and the Douglass Foundation.
We’re inviting the community to join Besa and NBC4 on Wednesday, June 24th learn about a historic African-American neighborhood and help lay the ground to turn an empty lot into a new community garden. This event will start with a 1-hour walking history and culture tour of the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood led by local historian Julialynne Walker. After the tour, we'll head to the site for a new community garden by the Douglass Foundation where volunteers will help cut down grass and prep the area for a community garden. Families and kids are welcome to volunteer. Space is limited. 
The health and safety of volunteers is a priority. If you are sick, over the age of 50, or have a chronic health condition, it is in your best interest to stay home. Click here for more information about COVID-19.
  • The tour will start at the Long Street Bridge. Please meet us at the corner of Long St and Willow St, next to St. Paul AME Church.
  • The garden is located at 456 N. Garfield. Volunteers can walk or drive less than a mile to the garden after the tour. 
  • This is a kid-friendly opportunity, but all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please bring a mask or face covering. Besa will not be providing masks. 
  • Closed-toed shoes are required.
  • Please dress for the weather and in comfortable clothes that can get dirty. Long pants are suggested for this project. 
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water since you will be outdoors. 
  • Street parking is available. Please read all the street signs carefully!
  • The tour is ADA accessible. 
  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.

Click here for more information about the Douglass Foundation and the amazing work they do. You can learn more about the historic King-Lincoln Bronzeville area here


Can't make it to the volunteer day? Consider making a donation to the Douglass Foundation. Your financial gift will support family and neighborhood life in the Bronzeville community. Click here to donate


About Besa
Besa is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting those who need it most by connecting people and businesses with community service. Since launching eight years ago, Besa has forged partnerships with some of the most notable companies in Columbus, including Big Lots, CoverMyMeds, EXPRESS, Jeni’s and more. We've rallied 50,000 volunteers to complete more than 8,500 projects citywide and have made $22 million in impact to date.