U Create Macon launches Black History Bike Tours

U Create Macon hopes the tours will help spark conversations about diversity.

MACON, Ga. — The nonprofit U Create Macon helps students with schoolwork and life through STEM classes, entrepreneurship opportunities, and bicycling — one of their favorite things to do.

Founder Charise Stephens says the group recently completed a 100-mile bike ride from Georgia to Alabama.

She says biking teaches children both physical fitness and mental toughness, and helps them explore their community and areas they may never have been able to travel.

Now she hopes to combine their love of cycling with an opportunity to start important conversations in the community.

This month, the group is launching the Black History Bike Tours of Macon to take people to areas of Macon that hold great significance in the city’s history.

“One of our stops is actually where they sold slaves here in Macon. We’re going to pass by the colorful waiting room sign,” Stephens explains.

Other stops include the Douglass Theater and the Tubman Museum.

Stephens says she hopes the tours will spark important conversations that will help people better understand Macon’s story and each other’s perspectives.

“The spirit of people wanting to engage with someone out of their comfort zone, I’ve seen that. So we want to take this opportunity to continue the healing, to get them to know a little bit more about the contributions from really great people,” she says.

The first bike tour is July 18, starting at the Tubman Museum. Rental bikes will be available.

Registration is free, but Stephens says people need to register so they can limit group sizes.

U Create Macon is also hosting an outdoor art exhibit at its building on Third Avenue on Friday, July 10. Stephens says local artists create murals to represent the people and history of the Pleasant Hill community.

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