The new Tubman African American Museum, the Southeast’s largest museum dedicated to the history, culture and art of African Americans, has opened in Macon, Georgia. Named for Harriet Tubman, the “Black Moses” who led hundreds of slaves to freedom, the 49,000-square-foot building replaces the Tubman’s 8,500-foot warehouse space that opened in 1981.

The facility is helping reshape and energize downtown Macon, and the educational, cultural, and economic impact of its presence will be felt throughout central Georgia. The museum serves as a site for educational and family programs, classes, special events, musical and dance performances, exhibits, reunions, group tours, weddings, and evening events for conventions and conferences.

“We envisioned the new Tubman Museum as the anchor and centerpiece of Macon’s downtown attractions, and we will be working in the coming months with many of our downtown partners, such as the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Douglass Theatre, Terminal Station, Ocmulgee National Monument, and Macon Bibb CVB to create special offerings and options for large tour groups, school field trips, reunions, and heritage tourism operators and planners,” said Andy Ambrose, the museum’s executive director.