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 of upcoming Black History Month, explore these 6 African American history sites in Dublin GA.
1. History on Your Sleeve
Start your tour with a souvenir. The Dublin Visitors Center has MLK tees highlighting the First African Baptist Church where young Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., gave his first speech. For only $15 you can wear a piece of history on your sleeve from Dublin, Georgia.
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 L. 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. Lodging Site
Visit the lodging site of African American visitors. The Dudley Motel was the lodging site for African American visitors to Dublin, GA including civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Currently you can only visit the exterior of the now defunct motel. The motel is one of 70 historic landmarks on the self-guided Historic Downtown Dublin Walking Tour.
5. 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.
6. Soul Food
Complete your tour with some 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!
Photo Credit: Gil Gillis