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Macon: Historic Macon aims to protect the city's rich history

During the 20th Century, Jim Craw laws forced African Americans to establish separate business districts. Cotton Avenue turned into a major center for black entrepreneurs / WGXA

MACON, Ga. -- Macon is rich with history. Historic Macon makes it their mission to preserve buildings and other places significant to the community.

"The beautiful thing about Macon, Georgia is we have a great history and culture here in this town," said historian Tom Duval. "And the marvelous thing is we have this history recorded in our library."

During the 20th Century, Jim Craw laws forced African Americans to establish separate business districts. Cotton Avenue turned into a major center for black entrepreneurs.

"Cotton Avenue also had your physicians and your dentists," Duval said. "There was Dr. Calhoun--he had been president of the NAACP."

The area also continued to be a place of worship today.

"Why we have these churches in downtown Macon today is because they were out of the city limits at that time," Duval said.

Historic Macon will help current Cotton Avenue tenants to keep their buildings in good repair.


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