African American Heritage


Meet at the Downtown Visitors Center

Enjoy this state-of-the-art Visitors center, view colorful exhibits and informative time-line, browse gifts in the souvenir shop and watch the exciting 11-minute video. Clean restrooms for all and a perfect introduction to Macon.

African American Step on Guided Tour

Learn about the rich history of African-Americans in Macon and their successes against heavy odds, highlighting figures as Albert Billingslea, Ruth Hartley Mosley, William Sanders Scarborough, and more. See how public arts in the city reflect this history.

Douglass Theatre

Imagine being a teen in the 1950’s seeing Otis Redding with the Saturday night talent show in this historic African American theater. Enjoy a tour of this beautifully restored 1921 showplace. Groups can also plan to watch a movie or show at the theatre if notice is given.   

Exterior of Douglass Theatre


Lunch Downtown on Your Own

Explore the Historic Downtown Macon and grab a bite at one of our many local eateries. No matter what you’re in the mood for Macon has a place to satisfy your cravings. We have everything from our famous Soul Food to Greek Cuisine, Thai influence to American Hamburgers.

Hayiya Dance Group Performance at The Tubman Museum 

Take a soulful journey through time, from Africa to America at the Tubman African American Museum, the largest facility in the southeast devoted solely to African American art, history and culture. See colorful exhibits on Harriet Tubman, African American Inventors, Georgia artists, and the incredible story of William & Ellen Craft. The exhibits change quarterly so there is always something new to discover.

Tubman Museum


Dinner at Ruth Hartley Mosley Home 

Mrs. Mosley, a business woman and philanthropist, was the first African-American registered nurse in Macon, and one of the nation's first licensed female morticians. She left trust funds to provide financial support to women pursuing nursing careers, and to maintain her lovely home to become a community center. The home, stilled filled with her furnishings and loads of history, including the dining room table where former Supreme Court Judge, Thurgood Marshall dined during a trip to Macon, GA.


Need additional tour suggestions for day trip and regional destinations? The Macon-Bibb County CVB will be happy to assist you!