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Trip Idea:
African American Excursion

There is much to celebrate about African American culture in San Francisco. You don't want to miss these places.

Financial District

Leidesdorff Street

Leidesdorff Street, which runs parallel between Montgomery and Sansome from Pine to Washington, is named after one of the City's pioneers, William Alexander Leidesdorff. An African American originally from the Virgin Islands, Leidesdorff sailed into San Francisco in 1841 and became a prominent businessman and vital politico, building the City's first hotel.

750 Howard St.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

You'll know you have reached your destination when the sounds of falling water lure you into a manicured garden. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located in the Yerba Buena Gardens and a part of the African American Freedom Trail.

685 Mission St.

Museum of the African Diaspora

MoAD features exhibits of local and international black history and showcases the history, art and the cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the African Diaspora.

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24 Willie Mays Plaza

Willie Howard Mays Statue

Even non-sports fans will appreciate the Oracle Park entrance: Willie Mays Plaza is home to 24 (his jersey number) palm trees and a nine-foot bronze sculpture of the African American Hall of Fame center fielder. Stroll along McCovey Cove into China Basin and view the larger-than-life statue of another living legend: Willie McCovey. All year-round, baseball fans can enjoy a behind-the-scenes-tour of the ballpark to learn more about other legends like Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, and Barry Bonds.

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4705 Third St.

Bayview Opera House

The Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (known affectionately as "the Opera House" or the "BVOH"), built in 1888, is located at the heart of the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, San Francisco's most ethnically diverse community. The Opera House is San Francisco's oldest theater and a registered historical landmark. Today, it is a neighborhood cultural center.

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330 Ellis St

GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church

If you are in San Francisco on a Sunday, spend time in one of the city's celebrated churches. GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church is praised nationally for its progressive community projects. Visitors will find a genuinely multicultural choir that "shakes the walls and raises the spirit." For more than 40 years, GLIDE has been breaking down barriers, giving a voice to those who have been silenced and offering a place for all to come home.

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2097 Turk St.

Saint John Coltraine African American Church

The Coltrane Church's approach to spiritual expression organically grows from the innovative essence of the music that gave birth to this dynamic, inclusive form of worship. It is a New Age style of fellowship that is democratic, non-proselytizing and fashions a home for the community of world travelers seeking a cosmic religious experience.

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762 Fulton St.

African American Arts & Culture Complex

The African American Arts & Culture Complex is a vital resource in San Francisco, adding to the city’s rich culture and diversity. It serves not only San Francisco’s African American community, but also the entire San Francisco Bay Area, as well as visitors. The 34,000-square-foot facility houses an art gallery and three exhibition spaces, a 203-seat theater, a recording studio, library and archives of African American history, two dance studios and other multi-purpose space.

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1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall houses many historical artifacts. Its golden dome and fascinating architecture make for a perfect photo op. At night, visitors can see the outside of City Hall lit up in different colors in support of holidays or celebrations. The street on which this National Historic Landmark resides is named after Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett, physician, publisher, and civil rights leader in San Francisco.

2 New Montgomery St.

The Palace Hotel

Your nightcap will be at The Palace Hotel, a true San Francisco icon since 1875. In March 1964, 18-year-old Tracy Sims led 2,000 people in a sit-in at the Palace that led to an equal opportunity agreement with 37 major hotels.

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San Francisco International Airport

Flying out of SFO? Stop by Farmerbrown, famous for using locally sourced goods to create southern comfort foods like chicken and waffles, seasonal veggie jambalaya, and a full cocktail menu. Also be sure check out 1300, where Chef David Lawrence features Southern-inspired recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

San Francisco City Hall

The African American Freedom Trail

The African American Freedom Trail tells how African American pioneers locally in San Francisco changed the world. 

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The Golden Gate Bridge at sunset with a multicolored sky and the San Francisco Bay in the foreground.
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