"A past to cherish, a future to fulfill." Those are the words inscribed
on one of Macon's historic markers dedicated to preserving the city's
rich African American History. This self-guided tour features 22
historic and cultural sites.
Tubman African American Museum
the magnificent 63-foot long mural centerpiece of the museum, "From
Africa to America", created by Macon artist Wilfred Stroud. This mural
presents a visual history of black people from early days in Africa to
current leaders and heroes. Learn of Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King
Jr., Otis Redding, Ellen Craft, Minnie Smith and many more! Georgia’s
largest African American museum offers fourteen exhibition galleries, a
resource center, The Noel Collection and artwork depicting African
American art, history and culture. Located 340 Walnut Street, (478)
Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday, 12 noon - 4 pm
Admission: Adults $6; Children ages 4-17 $4; Children under 4 Free
rich music heritage comes to life inside this Georgia "tune town" where
a perpetual music festival takes places everyday. Enjoy the many
collections of memorabilia and artifacts of great musicians including
Little Richard, Ray Charles, Lena Horne, James Brown, Gladys Knight and
the Reverend Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey, father of Gospel Music. Located 200
Martin Luther King Blvd., (478) 751-3334 or 1-888-GA-ROCKS.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: Children under 4 years Free, Students ages 4-16 $ 3.50,
Seniors (60 & up) & College Students w/ID $ 6, Adults (ages 17
& up) $8.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
The largest state sports museum in the country offers 3,000 artifacts,
a 205-seat ball park theater, research library, hands-on sports exhibit
and a gift shop. Highlights sports heroes including Henry Hank Aaron,
Wyomia Tyus, Cleveland Brown, Gwen Torrence, Dominic Wilkins, Evander
Holyfield & Jackie Robinson. Located 301 Cherry Street, (478)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $8, Seniors & Students w/ ID $6, Children 6-16
$3.50, Children under 5 Free.
Built in 1921 by
black entrepreneur Charles Douglass, this restored historic theatre has
hosted greats like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox and Cab Calloway.
Macon’s Otis Redding was discovered here too! The Douglass Theatre now
pays tribute to the African American influence on film and theatre.
Enjoy live musical, theatrical and film performances. Located 355
Martin Luther King Blvd., (478) 742-2000.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10
Washington Memorial Library
a.m.- 5 p.m.
(Saturday open for special events only)
Located at 510 College Street, this library offers an extensive
African-American Heritage collection considered one of the best in the
Southeast. The collection, which began in 1959, contains rare
genealogical, archival and biographical information.
A "main street" of African American business.
Jefferson Long was the first black man to be elected to the U.S. House
of Representatives in 1871. Rev. Pearly Brown, renowned blind street
singer who learned to play the guitar at Macon’s Academy for the Blind,
later performed at Carnegie Hall and was the first black man to perform
at the Grand Ole Opry. The J. Walton Building is home to two
generations of Waltons. Located in historic downtown Macon.
Pleasant Hill Historic District:
One of the first black
neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with
architectural, cultural, educational and religious resources. It
includes the childhood home of "Little Richard" Penniman, the site of
Beda-Etta College and the Dr. Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center.
Pleasant Hill also produced the acclaimed black artist Henry W. Lucas,
highly esteemed educator Dr. Robert Williams and a most outstanding
civil rights leader, William P. Randall. Be sure to stop in at the
Booker T. Washington Community Center, 391 Monroe Street, where you'll
find the Otis Redding Memorial Library.
Rodney Davis Memorial:
Visit the memorial dedicated to Macon’s
only Medal of Honor winner. Sergeant Rodney Davis, Jr., gave his life
to protect his company by jumping on top of a live hand grenade. At 25,
this young man lost his life during his second tour of duty during the
Vietnam War. Located in the triangle across the street from City Hall
on Poplar Street in downtown historic Macon. View his uniform and Medal
of Honor inside the Tubman African Museum.
HISTORIC LANDMARKS & MEMORIALS
Otis Redding Statue
Located at Gateway Park (Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. & Riverside Drive)
A native son, singer, composer and performer, Otis Redding was on his
way to stardom when a tragic plan crash took his ife in 1967. The next
year, his song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" went number one in the
Otis Redding Memorial Bridge
Located where Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
crosses Ocmulgee River, connects the modern-day Macon
Convention Center & Coliseum and Macon's historic musical downtown.
Benny Scott Plaza
Located at Carolyn Crayton Park, Walnut St. Entrance. This
plaza honors the Macon native's community volunteer efforts as well as
his 42 years of service to the railroad, including the last run of this
steam engine and his eventual status as one of the South's first black
DOWNTOWN AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCHES
Greater Turner Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church
: (c 1871)
Located at 1104 Third Street, Macon's oldest African American church; recently completed its first phase of renovation. For more information, call (478) 743-4932.
First Baptist Church
Located 595 New Street, c. 1887. This church
was established by blacks over 25 years prior to Emancipation. It’s
original congregation worshiped in First Baptist church, High Place,
until land and a building were deeded to them in 1845. For more
information, call (478) 745-8368.
Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Located 1011 Washington Avenue, c. 1895. This church began as an
outgrowth as First Methodist Church in 1839. In 1848 a separate church
was provided in the name "The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church."
Holsey Temple was formally organized in 1867. In 1870, land was
purchased for the building, but 1871 and 1877 fires destroyed the