Otis Redding grew up here
In the 1950s, Otis Redding literally cut his teeth at the Vineville Baptist Church where his father was pastor and he sang in the choir. The address is 850 Armory Drive.
Otis was doing his "choir-thang" about the same time as James Brown and his band were recording, "Please, Please, Please."
There is a Vineville Baptist Church in Macon which is not the one where Otis Redding's father once pastored. I have not been able to determine whether there is a connection but if you want to visit Otis Redding's youthful church, go to 850 Armory Drive. If you want to worship in a fairly large, predominately white Baptist church, go to 2591 Vineville Avenue.
Macon - Seat of Bibb County
Macon is one of the largest cities in Georgia. It has a large downtown and is full of grand architecture, both domestic and commercial, but clearly no longer has the vitality or importance that it once had. It has many grand houses and the downtown has numerous large buildings with a rich architectural heritage. Many of the buildings are in good shape and clearly there is some effort to revitalise the downtown, but other buildings are derelict and the downtown is very dead after business hours and especially on weekends. I suppose that this may be due to suburban development and shopping centres which, as always, is a shame. On Sunday, the whole city feels like a ghost town, though this is in part due to the day, which is something I have experienced in other parts of Georgia nd Utah and is no doubt common elsewhere but is not something I am used to at home. In part, though, this is also due to suburban development and when I was in Macon, there really wasn't much to do, or many places to eat, etc., downtown. Hopefully, this will change.