Queen City Hotel: Center of African American life in Columbus, Mississippi

The Queen City Hotel (above), formerly located on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Fifteenth Street North, stood at the center of African American life and entertainment in Columbus. Built by Robert Walker in 1914, the hotel was renovated by Ed and Bessie Bush and re-opened in 1948. Major League Baseball players Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe visited and stayed at the hotel. Musicians such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, B. B. King, Little Richard, and The Rhythm Kings also stayed at the hotel when they performed nearby at either The Savoy Room (below) or The Blue Room.

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