The history of where we’ve been and the dreams of where we’re going have always been an important part of the shaping of who we have been and will become in Dublin, GA. In celebration black history, explore these 5 African American history sites in Dublin GA.
1. Lodging Site
Visit a Dublin site, one of 70 historic landmarks on the self-guided Historic Downtown Dublin Walking Tour, where African American travelers could eat, sleep, and fuel up during their trips across the Southeast, the Dudley Motel. This was a gathering place for African Americans during segregation, including civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Maynard Jackson. Currently, you can view the exterior of the now defunct motel which has been nominated for the 2021 list compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Learn more about the man and the story behind Dudley Motel, Herbert “Hub” Dudley.
2. First African Baptist Church
Capture a glimpse into the child that became a legend of the Civil Rights movement. On April 17, 1944, the Colored Elks Clubs of Georgia held their state convention at First African Baptist Church in Dublin and sponsored an essay contest. A 15 year old student at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta delivered a speech entitled The Negro and the Constitution. Little did the audience realize they were witnessing the first public speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the start of the Civil Rights Movement.
3. MLK Monument Park
Experience one child’s rise to greatness at Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park in Dublin GA. The park features a mural and a sculpture by Georgia artist Corey Barksdale with an audio box revealing four stories of the past, bringing the era of the Civil Rights Movement to life.
4. Cross the Creek Cemetery
Explore the peaceful public cemetery where Dublin African Americans were laid to rest during segregation. Cross the Creek Cemetery was established in 1906 and is the final resting place for many African American souls, many of which have names deeply rooted in Black History.
5. Soul Food
Complete your tour with some serious Southern soul food. Miller’s Soul Food is the oldest and only Black owned restaurant in Downtown Dublin serving up southern recipes since the 1950’s!