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January 30, 2013

Georgia College’s Sallie Ellis Davis House will host cultural events during February to celebrate Black History Month."Showing the Way: National Black Leaders from Macon.""Showing the Way: National Black Leaders from Macon."

The cultural arts center will provide two engaging exhibitions and workshops to observe African-American achievements in the United States.

“We are celebrating Black History Month with exhibits and cultural events that tell the story of the African-Americans community in Reconstruction and beyond,” said Deitrah Taylor, program assistant of the Sallie Ellis Davis House.

“We are also highlighting African-Americans contributions and their lasting legacy on Southern culture.”

Sponsored by the university’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the following events will take place at the center during February:

  • Friday, Feb. 1: “Showing the Way: National Black Leaders from Macon, 1824-1933,” a traveling exhibition in partnership with The Tubman Museum in Macon. The reception and exhibition begin at 6 p.m. The exhibit continues through March 1. General admission: $3.21 for adults and $2.14 for non-GC students. The event is free to the campus community.
  • Saturday, Feb. 23: The Making of Lye Soap, a Southern Tradition, a demonstration workshop about the process of creating lye soap and the soap’s many uses. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. General admission: $3.21 for adults and $2.14 for non-GC students. The event is free to the campus community.

“I strongly encourage the campus and local community to attend these events because the home of Sallie Ellis Davis continues the story of Milledgeville’s African-American community during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era that followed in its wake,” said Taylor. “The home also is a representation of the strength of Milledgeville.”

The Sallie Ellis Davis House served as residence to local educator Sallie Ellis Davis from 1912 until her death in 1950.

Located on South Clarke Street, the historic home now is a modern-day cultural center, including classroom accommodations, a meeting/banquet room, the latest technology and a small kitchen.

The house opens for regular tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment.

For more information about the exhibits and workshops, call 478-445-5889. Visit to learn more about The Tubman Museum and its collections.


ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.