All About Cape: African American History Month

Feb 4, 2019

We’re kicking off African American History Month, and Cape has a trove of historical sites to check out.

If you’ve seen the recent movie “Green Book,” you likely know its title comes from the name of a guidebook that lists hotels, restaurants and private homes where African American travelers could stay during the Jim Crow era. Cape Girardeau has its own section in the “Green Book” with three homes listed, at locations on Frederick Street, Hanover Street and North Street. The home at North Hanover is still standing today.

Discover the sites that played a role in shaping local history with VisitCape’s African American History Driving Tour. You’ll delve into the story of James and his wife Harriet Ivers – former slaves. James joined the Union cause during the Civil War. You’ll also see churches built by members of their congregations and learn how the Brown v. Board of Education ruling impacted schools in Cape Girardeau. The tour brochure is available at the VisitCape office, or you can download it from Since it is self-guided, there are no set times to take the tour and you can move at your own pace.

If you happen to see an usual streak across the sky this week, it just might be Superman heading to the Super Heroes Have a Heart for Kids Fundraiser Luncheon. On Thursday, February 7 at the Drury Plaza Conference Center lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a silent auction.

Learn more about this and other happenings in Cape Girardeau by checking out