Tubman African American Museum
The Tubman African American Museum in Macon is the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Douglass Theatre. Plans for the 49,000-square-foot building include two 4,000-square-foot galleries devoted to the African American experience from 1619 to the present, with a particular focus on the American South.
The mission of the Tubman Museum is to educate people about African American art, history, and culture. Historically significant achievements of African American inventors, military leaders, artisans, musicians, writers, artists, and heroes are featured in prominent galleries throughout the museum. One of the most important paintings in the collection is a mural entitled From Africa to America, by contemporary Macon artist Wilfred Stroud. It depicts the journey of Africans to America beginning in 1619 and portrays significant events up to the twenty-first century. A growing resource center offers genealogical information for tracing ancestry as well as a large collection of recent writings about the civil rights movement and other historically significant periods in the African American experience.
In addition to the permanent galleries, several exhibitions throughout the year bring visitors new experiences in African American art and artists.
Dancing, drama, drumming, photography, and visual art classes also attract visitors. Home to Georgia's only African American heritage camps, storytelling, and regular lectures by such well-known authors as Alice Walker. The Ellen Craft Memorial Lecture honors Ellen Craft, a slave who escaped with her husband from a middle Georgia plantation to a new life in the North and in England. Museum tours are offered to Bibb County schoolchildren free of charge and to other school groups in the state at a nominal fee. An annual Pan African Festival is a weeklong celebration with live performances, food, and cultural demonstrations.
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