The present day Tubman Museum. Current director Andy Ambrose is pictured walking in front of the building. Photo courtesy of Beau Cabell, The Telegraph (Macon, GA).
Backstory and Context
The Tubman Museum began as a dream of the Rev. Richard Keil, pastor of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church who wished to educate others about African American art, history, and culture. Rev. Keil started a corporation to raise money to purchase property on which to build the museum. In 1985, the first museum opened on the corner of Walnut Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. By 1994, the museum had outgrown its 8,500 square foot facility and that building was demolished in preparation for a new, larger facility. Construction did not begin until 2002 with plans to open in 2003. Unfortunately, due to major financial issues construction was halted in 2005 and did not resume until 2013. The new location is an impressive 49,000 square feet with two levels.1