Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2015

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use for its original purpose. Built in 1845 to harness the water and power of the Savannah River, the man-made Augusta Canal offers history, recreation and unique experiences along miles of towpath, trail and waterway. The first level of the Canal (from headgates in Columbia County to 13th Street near downtown Augusta) is approximately eight miles. The second & third levels add approximately 3.0 miles but are not navigable. Tours of the canal can also be done via bike and on foot. One of the more popular exhibits is The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown: The Man, The Music, The Legacy, which recounts the life of Brown and highlights the events that led to his global fame. Installed in 2008, it shows artifacts and costumes from several decades that were worn by Brown in his performances. One of the more specific artifacts is the 'King of Soul' crown that he wore in the 1950s. New additions to the exhibit are the programs of the James Brown Memorial B M & T ••• March/April 2015 ••• 15 serve and share the history of Augusta and its surround- ing area. On display are numerous artifacts, images, and dioramas that showcase the broad spectrum of Augusta's history. There are several exhibits in the museum's permanent collection. Other highlights include the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, Cedar Grove Cemetery (the city's first 'colored cemetery'), Ezekiel Harris House, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta Cotton Exchange, The Confederate Monument, the Augusta Canal on a Petersburg Boat and more. The Augusta Canal on a Petersburg Boat is Georgia's first designated National Heritage area. It is the nation's only industrial power canal still in Interior of Springfield Baptist Church Augusta Museum of History is dedicated to collecting, preserv- ing and interpreting Augusta past. Augusta tribute to the Godfather of soul

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