African American Heritage Study
The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded Historic Macon with a grant to conduct an African American Heritage Study after the demolition of Tremont Temple and the Douglass House. The loss of these two important structures highlighted the extreme development pressure on the Cotton Avenue historic district and the need to better document Macon's many African American cultural resources.
Historic Macon held several public meetings that were facilitated by Jeanne Cyriaque of Georgia's Historic Preservation Division. Ms. Cyriaque will publish a report on her findings to better information preservation of African American resources in Macon.
Cotton Avenue District Walking Tour
In response to the study, Cotton Avenue District, Macon's historically African American business district, became one of the sites listed in Macon's Fading Five. To draw attention to this historically and culturally significant site, Historic Macon published a walking tour brochure that can be downloaded. Hard copies can be picked up at the Sidney Lanier Cottage, Macon's Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tubman Museum, and the Ruth Hartley Mosley Memorial Women's Center.