ShakeRag Historic District

ShakeRag Historic District Photo


BG Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
352 Three Springs Rd
Bowling Green KY 42104

The Shake Rag District in Bowling Green was a "city within a city". Rising from land donated for an African American public square in 1802, the neighborhood grew after the end of the Civil War and into the early to mid-20th century. A strong and well-established community, Shake Rag became home to a growing number of middle-class residents had its own doctors, barbers, teachers, grocery stores and hotel. Several of the most notable institutions and landmarks during its heyday include State Street Baptist Church, the Southern Queen Hotel, State Street School and later, High Street School.