Get on the Good Foot in Augusta
Augusta’s own Godfather of Soul, James Brown, lives on through a new dedicated walking tour around town. The James Brown Journey takes visitors along the paths and streets he frequently traveled, telling the story of the life he once lived in the eastern Georgia city.
The Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) and Brown’s daughter, DeAnna Brown Thomas, brought the one-of-a-kind tour to life. All visitors need to check it off their bucket list is a cell phone and a brochure containing a map that can be picked up at the city’s experience center, Augusta & Co., or downloaded. To guide the way, QR codes are displayed on vinyl paintings resembling records that line the sidewalks.
Among the historic locations from Brown’s life featured on the tour are:
- Bell Auditorium
- James Brown Arena
- Imperial Theatre
- Site of James Brown’s childhood home
- Site of the Lenox Theatre
- Site of The Boss radio station
- Augusta Museum of History, which has the first and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Brown
- The James Brown statue
- Mother Trinity CME Church
- The iconic Soul Bar
While in Augusta, visitors will notice the renaissance its downtown is experiencing and the energy supplied by its burgeoning cybersecurity industry. Find out more about the city that could become the world’s cybersecurity capital in this month’s feature, “Relying on a Diverse Economy.”
Photo and vinyl creative provided by Augusta-based creative agency, Kruhu