Shake Rag Historic District

State Street | Bowling Green, KY 42101
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The Shake Rag Historic District located on the north end of State Street in downtown Bowling Green is significant for its importance in the lives of African Americans during the city's formative years. Growing steadily after the Civil War, the neighborhood consisted of churches and schools along with elaborate homes and arts & crafts bungalows. Gas stations, a hotel and other businesses catering to travelers soon followed with development of the Dixie Highway. More than anything, the neighborhood is recognized for the strong sense of community and belonging felt by its residents and visitors during an otherwise strained time.

A precursor to blues and jazz, Shake Rag music arrived on the scene in the late 1800s and one noteworthy resident of the Shake Rag district was Ernest Hogan.

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  • Description A small meeting room with a 12-person board table is available during business hours by reservation for tourism-related groups and visitors.