Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
The Southside neighborhood has an African American heritage that dates back 180 years. From the founding of the St. James AME Zion Church in 1833, to the Underground Railroad, to the construction of the Southside Community Center in 1938, the Southside was "the place to be." It has always teemed with interesting people.
This walking tour provides an introduction to the Southside's history for native Ithacans and visitors alike. Some sites have been well documented, while relatively little is known about others; some have been torn down or replaced, while others have been restored. All of them tell stories of a past that neighborhood residents from diverse backgrounds are rediscovering.
This tour was originally developed by the Cornell-Ithaca Partnership in May 2003.
Please use discretion when approaching private property. Thank you and we hope you enjoy the tour!