Explore Lower Waverly with Historic Columbia on Sunday, May 12 during our Weekend Strolls and Rolls program.
Lying south of Gervais, west of King, north of Santee, and east of Harden streets, Lower Waverly is considered by many residents as both an extension of Historic Waverly, which lies to its north, and a distinct community whose development followed that of its elder neighbor. Initially a racially mixed neighborhood until the mid-20th century when white citizens left for the suburbs, Lower Waverly became home to professional and working-class African Americans who established their own largely self-contained and self-sustained community. Following integration and urban renewal, the neighborhood's character changed as many businesses closed and scores of owner-occupied residences became rental properties. Featuring a blend of architectural styles and benefiting from amenities such as a city park and proximity to Five Points, Lower Waverly is a community whose citizens are committed to ensuring their future through an appreciation of their past.
The tour will meet at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at 2300 Greene Street. Space is limited.