From Savannah's Cobblestone Streets to Sweet Auburn in Atlanta

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Georgia's African-American journey

FROM THE EARLY coastal slave settlements to the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia is home to many landmark sites and places that honor our African-American history, culture and heritage. You can spend an afternoon, or an entire vacation, tracing the footsteps of the heroes and everyday people whose stories have been preserved for current and future generations.

In Atlanta, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King. You can tour his birth home, visit the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church, explore the Sweet Auburn District and stand before the eternal flame at the gravesite of Dr. and Coretta Scott King.

Walk along Savannah’s cobblestone streets and city squares to discover the nation’s largest registered Urban Historic Landmark District. Nearby, the Georgia Coast stretches approximately 100 miles between the Savannah and St. Marys Rivers. Established in 1777, the First African Baptist Church in Savannah is the oldest independent black church in North America. Sapelo Island, one of Georgia’s most pristine barrier islands, is home to the Hog Hammock Gullah/Geechee community and is only accessible by ferry. This Gullah/Geechee community descends from slaves brought to the island in 1802. Many other African-American heritage sites can be found along Georgia’s Coast, including the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum in Savannah, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick and Dorchester Academy in Liberty County.

From museums and walking trails to living history events and annual festivals, Georgia offers plenty of opportunities for cultural diversity. Immerse yourself in Harriet Tubman’s remarkable story at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon. Visit the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History in Augusta to learn about the life and legacy of this distinguished Georgia educator. In southwest Georgia, the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum, located in the city’s historic Freedom District, chronicles Albany’s role in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s.

[Uncover Harriet Tubman’s remarkable story at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, the largest African American museum in the state.] For a rich and entertaining cultural experience, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Sapelo Island Cultural Day, Sea Islands Black Heritage Festival and the Black Heritage Festival of Southwest Georgia in Thomasville are just a sampling of the many annual events that can be found throughout the state.

No matter where you live, experiencing Georgia’s deeply-rooted African-American history is a joyful homecoming that teaches, inspires and brings people closer together.

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