Urban Impact 4th Avenue

Historic 4th Avenue Business District

Leading. Building. Growing.


Birmingham’s Historic 4th Avenue Business District is one of the nation’s oldest majority African-American business districts. For nearly a century, this iconic district has nurtured successful black businesses, supported social justice initiatives, developed black leaders and promoted the full spectrum of African American culture.

Defined as the “west side of 18th Street N to 15th Street N and north side of 2nd Avenue N to Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. (8th Avenue N),” the greater 4th Avenue Business District is a remarkable epicenter of American history that can only be experienced first-hand to truly be appreciated. With a number of district landmarks, Birmingham’s Fourth Avenue Historic District, which encompasses its Birmingham Civil Rights District, is one of the only few remaining African-American business districts that is commercial continuous and physically intact in all of the Southeastern United States. Learn how this historic district is leading, building and growing in the 21st century.




  • 4th Avenue Forward Wall Mural


  • Historic Architecture Preservation


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