It goes without saying that African American heritage has shaped life in Georgia.
The Peach State is home to cultures such as the coastal Gullah/Geechee Nation, sites such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. Ebenezer Baptist Church, and more.
But where might one go to pay homage to African American Heritage in Madison?
Well here are some of your options!
Tour Rose Cottage –
This charming cottage was built in 1891 in west Madison near the Georgia Railroad right of way. While the cottage is charming as can be, the real significance of this home has to do with the intriguing woman who not only lived in it, but built it with her hard earned money.
Her name was Adeline Rose and she was born in September of 1864 to enslaved parents.
Rose was a widow with two children who supported her family by taking in laundry at fifty cents a load. For a time, she did washing and ironing for the boarders at the Hardy House, owned by the mother of the famous comedic actor, Oliver Hardy.
Adeline Rose passed away in 1959 after living in the home for 68 years.
It was in 1966 that the City of Madison moved the Rose Cottage to its present location downtown next door to the Morgan County Courthouse and another historic home, Rogers House.
Thanks to the preservation of this cottage, Rose’s legacy and her home built out of a labor of love is available for touring every day of the week.
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Experience The Morgan County African American Museum –
Located in the heart of Madison’s historic district, this museum is dedicated to telling the stories of local African Americans.
As a matter of fact, the museum operates out of what used to be the home of an African American man named John Wesley Moore.
Moore was born in January of 1862 in the last years of slavery, and lived to be 46 years old. He married Dora Gordon on November 21, 1881 and the couple had four children.
The family lived in a tenant house on land owned by a white farmer, James Fannin.
On October 31, 1899, Fannin deeded Moore forty-one acres of land “for five dollars in consideration of the service he has given me”.
After Moore died in 1908, his widow inherited his land and other property, she lived in this house until her death in 1932.
In 1989, this simple Folk Victorian home was moved from the Moore farm, two miles south of town, to its current location where it was restored for the use of today’s museum.
The African-American Museum is open daily with the mission to research, collect, educate, and preserve the history and art of the African American culture.
Enjoy a local exhibition –
An intriguing dual exhibition is currently on display in Madison thanks to the partnership of two local museums.
Celebrating Black History Month: Perspectives features the multi-media works of five of Georgia’s most vibrant and contemporary artists.
View the works of Kevin Cole, Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Kevin Sipp, Shanequa Gay, and Alfred Conteh who offer unique perspectives from the spiritual to the political, mythical and esoteric.
On display until March 17, 2018.