West 15th Street 

This district was once the economic and social hub of Anniston’s African American community. In its heyday (1940-1950), the District was a “city within a city,” with businesses that catered to the black community. Grocery stores, restaurants, doctors’ offices, barber and beauty shops, a hotel, and other businesses thrived. The Gem Theater showed movies and hosted celebrity entertainers such as Cab Calloway and Lewis Jordan. At the Blair Hotel, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. held strategy sessions with Rev. Nimrod Q. Reynolds and Dr. Gordon Rodgers.

The District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991The District included buildings along West 15th Street from numbers 416 to 712 inclusive. The approximately 17 buildings are part of the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places.