• Murphy-Collins House and African-American Museum - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

      Murphy African-American Museum
      Photo by Dennis Goza
      While many museum exhibits document the struggles and poverty of African-Americans, the Murphy-Collins museum encapsulates the life of African-Americans who were more prosperous. This house was constructed in the 1920s by Will J. Murphy, who was Tuscaloosa's first black official mortician. Its construction incorporated salvaged materials from the old state capitol a few blocks away, which had burned. In addition to exhibits reflecting the lifestyle that Mr. Murphy enjoyed, there is also a floor featuring interesting African artifacts.

      If you go:
      This house is managed by the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, which provides free guided tours of all of its historic properties. Call to arrange a tour.


      2601 Paul W Bryant Drive
      Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 USA

      Mailing address:
      Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society
      P.O. Box 1665
      Tuscaloosa, AL 35403 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Murphy-Collins House
      +1 (205) 758-2861

      +1 (205) 758-2238