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African American Landmark Tour (Self Directed)

The African American Landmark Tour begins in the heart of South Bend’s first historic neighborhood, the West Washington National Register Historic District. It starts at the former Engman Public Natatorium, now the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center at the western end of South Bend’s Museum Corridor.

Whether experienced on foot, by bicycle or in a vehicle, the African American Landmark Tour immerses you in the civil-rights struggles that took place in the northern United States decades before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that bus in Montgomery, Ala., or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organized his first protest.

Printed Tour guides/maps are available at the IUSB Natatorium, the Civil Rights Heritage Center IUSB Offices, and the Dean’s Office on the IUSB Campus.

Printed guides will soon be available at the following:

The printed guides are free of charge.



The African American Landmark Tour was organized by the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center in partnership with the Northern Regional Office of Indiana Landmarks. The tour is underwritten in part by grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit working to save America’s historic places, and Indiana Humanities, a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of Indiana educators and community leaders.

The Tour is made possible due to the support of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Indiana University South Bend (CLAS). For more on class see

SPECIAL THANKS to Burkhart Advertising, the City of South Bend, the Indiana University South Bend Office of Communications and Marketing, and the South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and many others who helped make the tour a reality.

Websites of Interest: