Macon’s Tubman African Museum is one of the largest museums in the southeast. The Tubman is a very unique museum and is open to all . The following are the Top 5 things that I like about the Tubman Museum.
1. EDUCATIONAL TOURS: The Tubman African-American Museum is always open to tours and the Bibb County Public Schools System and other surrounding county school systems have set up tours to visit the Tubman. I recall during Black History Month a program that featured black inventors. Students learned the things we use in our everyday lives were invented by African-Americans such as the traffic light or the gas mask. For many, a lot of the information that the kids learn and adults provide a new perspective on African-American history and culture.
2. EXHIBITIONS: The Tubman has routinely held several exhibitions a year for the public. There is one in particular that has been ongoing that involved the work of Wilfred Stroud.
3. HIGHLIGHTING GEORGIA ARTISTS: Another positive aspect of the Tubman is their highlighting of state artists. The Tubman has had different works such as paintings, murals and other works of art by artists who came from Atlanta and other areas of the state.
4. HIGHLIGHTING LOCAL HISTORY: The Museum has featured local African-Americans from the Macon area and provided programs that celebrated their lives and their accomplishments. One in particular is local war hero Sergeant Rodney Davis.
5. ACT OF COURAGE AWARDS: Recently, the Tubman has developed special honors for people who personify ‘acts of courage’ and an award had derived from that concept. One of the recent recipients of the ‘Act of Courage’ award was John Lewis. Lewis knew Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. and was part of many historical events revolving around the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and the 1960’s. Other local leaders were chosen for this prestigious award such as Bert Bivins.