Harriet Tubman is trending, with the highly regarded 2019 film, “Harriet,” last year’s discovery of her childhood home and the campaign to place her on our $20 bill.
Years ago, a Macon pastor and his flock were years ahead of the trend.
In 1981, Father Richard Keil, pastor of Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church, placed a deposit on a vacant, 8,500sf warehouse and former nightclub in downtown Macon, realizing his 22-year dream to create a museum dedicated to African American history and culture. Church members, high school students and community volunteers helped renovate. The Tubman African American Museum opened in 1985.