Oprah visits Macon's Tubman African-American Museum.

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There's more to Macon than shopping and eating. The town is awash in history, too. The area outside the city has ancient Indian burial mounds that are 10,000 years old.

Macon escaped the destruction of the Civil War that ruined some other Southern cities, so many of the gorgeous mansions and ornate buildings in town date back over 150 years.

During the 1960s, Macon was a hub of Civil Rights protest and attracted great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

Even during that turbulent time, one thing all Maconites could agree on was music. Legendary musicians Otis Redding and Little Richard were raised in Macon, and James Brown and the Allman Brothers Band made their mark in town.

Macon is also home of the Tubman African-American Museum, named for Harriet Tubman—a woman who escaped slavery in Maryland and devoted her life to helping other slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
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FROM: Behind the Scenes of Oprah's Favorite Things 2007!
Published on November 27, 2007

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