Monday, March 14, 2016

Little Richard Will Know

We drove into Macon and went to the Tubman African American Museum named in honor of Harriet Tubman, an amazing woman who was born a slave but helped about seventy people escape into freedom. . The Tubman Museum is the largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to educating people about the Art, History and Culture of African Americans.

There was a current exhibition of Jim Alexander's photographs. Jim Alexander was a documentary photographer and his specialty was the African American experience. His career spanned some forty years and he seemed to be in the right place at the right time for some major events.

There was also a folk art exhibit by somebody named Mr. Imagination whose art was mostly made up of beer bottle caps. I wonder how he ever got anything done with the amount of beer he must have had to drink to create his art.

Another exhibit was of inventions and patents held by African Americans. I thought this was particularly interesting seeing as how yesterday I was at the Lunch Box Museum.  Amazing how it all comes together

There was a very small music section. Besides the Allman Brothers, Macon was the home to Little Richard and also Otis Redding.
This was the piano that Little Richard played for his first paying gig

We went to lunch at a place called Parish on Cherry Street. I had incredible Shrimp and Grits. The grits were made with Gouda and goat cheese. Very yummy and satisfying.
Seven Month Old English Bulldog who weighed 125 pounds. 
They think he will weigh 175 pounds when he finishes growing
The most fantabulous Shrimp and Grits

We then had to go to find Otis Redding who had a statue next to the Otis Redding Memorial Bridge in a rather seedy part of town. I was a little nervous about actually going up to the statue as there were several rough looking characters sitting around listening to the piped in Otis music, but the picture was snagged and all is well.

Life Size Otis Redding Sitting by the Bay

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