African American History in Georgia

Georgia is home to African-American heroes, legends and legacies

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

Stretching back for centuries, African American heritage has shaped life in Georgia. From the Gullah-Geechee culture near Sapelo Island, to the civil rights movement, Georgia has deep, historic African American roots.

Paying homage to the strengths, struggles, and steps forward made by African Americans in the Peach State are numerous museums, memorial sites and historical centers. These honored historical hubs educate and inspire visitors of all backgrounds.

In Metro Atlanta:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth Home
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth Home
  • The APEX Museum offers a sweeping view of the African-American journey through permanent and traveling exhibits ranging from cultural traits to the legend of Sweet Auburn Avenue.

Outside Metro Atlanta:

  • Albany boasts the Civil Rights Institute, where visitors can take a state-of-the-art journey through the Civil Rights Movement and hear the Freedom Singers perform on the second Saturday of each month.
  • Sapelo Island, located on Georgia's coast, is home to the legendary Gullah-Geechee culture, and is open for tours throughout the year.
Published: April 2014