Cultural treasures past and present are the focus of this free neighborhood tour, which takes place in conjunction with this year’s Harambee Black Arts Festival
After picking up your tour map at the festival’s registration table (located on Kelly Street between North Lang and North Homewood avenues), head out to see sites associated with pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn, photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, pioneering black supermodel Naomi Sims, jazz musician Erroll Garner and more. All these luminaries lived, worked or played in Homewood.
Architectural landmarks include Mystery Manor, home to the National Negro Opera Company
(the nation’s first African-American opera troupe), and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Homewood.
The tour is presented by Operation Better Block, Inc.
, and the Homewood-Brushton Business Association and Homewood Artist Residency. Organizers include historian and author John Brewer, Jr., Operation Better Block’s Demi Kolke, art historian Kilolo Luckett, and the HBBA’s Diane Turner.
Free transportation is available for seniors and those with physical disabilities. For more information, see here