While Black History Month is an opportunity to learn and remember the pain and struggle of Black Americans in our country, it is also a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and the central roles of African Americans in U.S. history.
Today in Georgia, we have access to a variety of museums, monuments and media that chronicle the history of Black Americans. From iconic figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the effect of Jim Crow laws, we can gain valuable knowledge from these resources. Below are some of the Ga. exhibits, sites and resources dedicated to honoring Black leaders, history, art and culture.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, Ga.) – Website
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum and human rights organization in Atlanta that inspires people to tap their own power to change the world around them. Visit to learn more about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and human rights challenges today through immersive exhibits, dynamic conversations and engaging programs.
The Atlanta History Center, Jim Crow Exhibit (Atlanta, Ga.) – Website
The History of Jim Crow exhibit chronicles the journey traveled by Blacks and whites as Atlanta entered the 20th Century. The impactful exhibit explores this era and educates visitors about the 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson landmark decision, redlining mortgage practices and the Atlanta Mayor Hartsfield’s decision to desegregate Atlanta Public Schools.
The Apex Museum (Atlanta, Ga.) – Website
The APEX Museum was founded in 1978 by Mr. Dan Moore, Sr., with a mission to interpret and present history from an African American perspective. By doing so, the APEX hopes all visitors gain a better appreciation for the contributions of African Americans to the world.
John Lewis Mural (Atlanta, Ga.) – NPR News Article
Located at the corner of Auburn Ave. and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, this mural honors the life and legacy of former Congressman and Civil Rights icon, John Lewis.
Harriet Tubman African American Museum (Macon, Ga.) – Website
The Tubman Museum is the largest museum in the nation dedicated to educating people about African American art, history and culture. The Tubman serves as a center for social and civic engagement while offering experiences that enrich cultural understanding and inspire change.
The Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.) – Website
The Douglass Theatre has been home to a variety of Black artists over the years. From hosting musical legends like Little Richard and Otis Redding to screening feature-length films, the Douglass Theatre has been committed to highlighting diverse talent for more than 100 years.