Take this tour and you’ll learn about two former areas of Detroit rarely spoken about. First there’s the 67-block neighborhood of Black Bottom, named for the areas dark, fertile soil. Then there’s Paradise Valley, just north of Black Bottom, which used to be a bustling entertainment district with over 300 African-American owned businesses. You’ll learn about the five-star African-American hotel that used to sit in Paradise Valley, as well as how Prohibition and illegal lotteries affected the area, which was eventually shut down by the government.
The tour starts at 10 a.m.; 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit; detroithistorical.org; Tickets are $15.