GROUPS

African-American Heritage Tour

Black History is integrated throughout all of Northwest Georgia. Below are several suggested sites.

Day One

Euharlee Covered Bridge
Euharlee Road, Euharlee

Built in 1886 by Washington King, son of notable bridge builder Horace King. A picturesque 1850’s village surrounds the bridge and enhances its allure. The bridge is on the Georgia Covered Bridge Trail and is a perfect spot for photos. Also known as Lowry (Lowery) Bridge and Euharlee Creek Covered Bridge.

 

Noble Hill School

2361 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, Cassville

(770) 382-339

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Opened as a Rosenwald School in 1924. Today, the two-room restored school is a Black history museum and cultural center documenting rural life and African-American education during segregation. The school is listed on the National Register.

 

Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum

24 Veterans Memorial Highway, Rome

(706) 291-1883

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Oak Hill celebrates the life of a remarkable woman, Martha Freeman, who has her own place in Berry history. She was born a slave in the 1840s and emancipated in 1865. She later worked for the Berry family. In that capacity, she helped raise the Berry children and served as the family cook for more than half a century. Inez Henry, Martha Berry’s private secretary, once described Martha Freeman as “one of the most unforgettable characters I’ve ever known.” Visit the cottage in which Martha Freeman lived from 1900 until her death in 1951 at the approximate age of 110. Martha Berry often referred to her as ‘my next of kin’ and as ‘the last resource of advice’ on matters related to Oak Hill and the schools.

 

Day Two

6TH Cavalry Museum

Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe

(706) 861-2860

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The 6th Calvary Museum preserves the rich military history of the “Fighting Sixth” Cavalry, stationed at The Post at Fort Oglethorpe from 1919 to 1942. The museum is located on The Post’s original parade ground/polo field and surrounded by officer’s homes and other Post buildings. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

 

Prater’s Mill

500 Prater Mill Road NE, Dalton

(706) 694-6455

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Prater’s Mill returns to a working grist mill during the annual country fair each October. Its colorful past is interpreted on private tours, available year-round by appointment. In May 1865, the Civil War ended and Ben Prater freed his seventeen slaves, giving several acres of land to each family. Today, these families still celebrate family reunions together and maintain the heritage of this National Register site.

 

Emery Center

110 West Emery St., Dalton

(706) 277-7633

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The Emery Center, built in 1886, is the site of Dalton’s first public school building. The school was built to address the educational needs of African-American children, between the ages of seven and sixteen, in Northwest Georgia. Now preserved as an African-American heritage site, the Emery Center serves as a museum and multicultural center following Black heritage from the time of the Indians to present day.

 

Roland Hayes Museum

212 South Wall Street, Calhoun

(706) 629-2599

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The Roland Hayes Museum, located inside the Harris Arts Center, is a tribute to this native son, the child of former slaves, who became the first African-American vocalist to achieve international acclaim. Roland Hayes produced a number of recordings in his 51-year career, and at one point was among the world’s highest-paid singers.

 

Additional sites with tributes to Black History

Bartow History Museum, Cartersville

Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville

Rome History Center, Rome

where to stay


Baymont Inn & Suites

With easy access to I-75, the hotel is convenient to great attractions and restaurants. Start your morning with the deluxe continental breakfast featuring fresh Belgian waffles. Free Wi-Fi Internet access allows you to stay connected with friends and family. The sparkling outdoor pool is yours to enjoy during the summer, and the hotel gym lets you stay active year-round. All rooms offer pillow top beds, 37-inch TVs with extensive satellite line-up, microwaves, and refrigerators. Amenities: Breakfast, Pool, Pet Friendly, Free Parking, Wi-Fi, 59 guest rooms...

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