Photographer's Note

MACON, Georgia was the first destination on our trip through the American South. This town, a short drive south from Atlanta, is where The Allman Brothers Band came from and visiting their "Big House" Museum was very, very high on my list of things to do on our trip.

The Allman Brothers Band isn't the only music to put Macon on the map. It was "I left my home in Georgia" for Otis Redding and home to the loudest rock'n'roller ever, the mighty Little Richard. Both are somewhat underrepresented in town, though.

This is a shot I took in downtown Macon, on the corner of Second Street and Cotton Avenue. It represents the old Confederate Monument with some typical downtown Macon architecture in the background.


THE CONFEDERATES were the southern seccessionists who lost the American Civil War. But their memory is kept alive in various monuments, street names, etcetera. Some people believe these monuments should be removed, because they regard them as symbols of extreme right nostalgia and racism. Others believe they are part of their history and identity. It's a difficult debate, especially in times of political polarisation. Being a mere a visitor, I leave it up to the Americans to make up their own minds.

So for those who might find it illustrative that we see the back of the monument here, that was done for purely photographical reasons, namely the sunlight. :)


Here's some background info I found on

The cornerstone of Macons Confederate monument was laid in 1878 by the Ladies Memorial Association. The monuments official dedication was held in 1879 with the 10 foot tall Confederate soldier in position. The marble statue represents those killed during the Civil War from 1861-1865. The monument has been in its current location for over 50 years, but was once located on Mulberry Street near the courthouse.


song title reference: Jamey Johnson

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