WAVERLY HISTORIC DISTRICT
Columbia's first suburb, Waverly, evolved into a community of black artisans, professionals and social reformers. Many of the residents made important contributions to Columbia and across the state. The district's concentration of educational facilities (Benedict College and Allen University) served the South's African Americans when racial discrimination denied them the opportunities for higher education. Today, Waverly is a vibrant urban neighborhood, which celebrates the past and embraces the future.