Catfish Alley ceremony pushed to August

Lowndes County StockCOLUMBUS — Landscaping for a park area and the installation of festival lights has prompted officials to push back to August a ceremony marking completion of the upgrade of Catfish Alley.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that the city of Columbus intends to place a monument to honor the black men and women who operated businesses on Fourth Street South between Main Street and College Street, commonly known as Catfish Alley.

Catfish in the Alley, an annual event usually held during the last week of Black History Month, was canceled for 2013 because of weather concerns. It will return in 2014.

Officials say the name Catfish in the Alley comes from a time when blacks would catch catfish out of the river, cook them and sell them in the alley all weekend.