Did you know that Greensboro, Alabama, is known as the Catfish Capital of Alabama? In fact, this little town of around 2,500 people nestled in the heart of the Black Belt was once one of the largest producers of farm raised catfish in the country with over 7000 water acres!
The catfish industry, despite recent decline due to dramatic surge in feed prices, inferior imitation products from overseas, recession and disease, is one of the largest employers in The Black Belt employing approximately over 3000 people.At one point, Greensboro was rumored to have more water than dirt!In fact, for years, Greensboro held a pageant and crowned the Alabama Catfish Queen.(Now there’s a title to envy!)
April 1995…Jeff Ellis drove onto Main Street and through the second of four red lights. This was his first trip to the place I called home. A place with one fast-food restaurant and no ATM. Within the five blocks it took him to drive to my parent’s house on Main Street...
My Daddy always says that “the Black Belt is the center of the universe”. Not sure if that is necessarily true, but one thing is for sure, no matter where we go, there is always a great story or connection made back to home...
In June 2018, Black Belt & Main collaborated with the city of Greensboro and GABTA, led by Steven “Buzzy” Barnette, in the installation of a beautiful mural on the corner of Main Street and Highway 69...