No James Brown Museum in Augusta? Get up Offa That Thing!

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  03.10.08 | 12:08 PM ET

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I rolled into Augusta, Georgia last week admittedly unprepared. I hadn’t done any research, hadn’t checked out the city’s Web site—I had simply assumed that James Brown’s hometown would have a museum dedicated to the hardest working man in show business. Silly me. Turns out there’s a statue in a plaza, and a street was re-named for him in 1993. But a museum?

Nowhere to be found.

I’m not asking for a lot. I know that not long after Brown’s death, the family was considering a Graceland-style re-making of his home in Beech Island, South Carolina. But Augusta—allow me to address you directly for a moment—you wouldn’t need to do anything on that scale. All I ask is for a small, kitschy homage in the town where the Godfather of Soul got his start, shining shoes and dancing for pennies. How hard could it be to round up a few capes and some old concert footage, and of course the “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” handbag to hawk in the gift shop?

C’mon, Augusta. Get up offa that thing and let’s make this happen.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

8 Comments for No James Brown Museum in Augusta? Get up Offa That Thing!

Julie 03.10.08 | 2:28 PM ET

You made me laugh out loud! Thanks,

John Turner 03.10.08 | 11:34 PM ET

There should than just a street and a statue, every other star has one across the world, why not James Brown.

Jane 03.11.08 | 4:24 AM ET

Oh come on! Even the worst president in the history of the U.S.(Cooter W. Bush) is planning his museum.  What’s up Augusta? Prove you’re not racists, and show your son, Mr. Brown, some love!

Rebekah 03.26.08 | 10:38 AM ET

The first major exhibition on James Brown will open at the Augusta Museum of History on May 3, 2008.  It is a long overdue tribute to Augusta’s native son. 

The Museum is also planning a major concert event to celebrate the grand opening of the exhibit and to pay tribute to the Godfather’s many contributions to all genres of music also to be held on May 3.

Kristine 04.30.08 | 11:55 PM ET

These things take a while!  The Augusta Museum of History unveils “The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown” Major Exhibit on May 3, 2008.  The exhibit will be open through May of 2011 with possible expansion after 2011.
560 Reynolds Street - Augusta, GA

Real Yellow Pages 06.22.08 | 2:53 AM ET

I went to Augusta and I didn’t see any museum open for business this month. Did this get postponed or canceled? Maybe I just couldn’t the place. My wife isn’t the best navigator and I’m even worse. I hope that is available for our youth to know who this great man was as an entertainer. Would make a great field trip destination.

Harry 06.24.08 | 6:48 PM ET

Don’t get me wrong, JB was the man. BUT,, where can I find some down home seafood, and ice cold beer on the beach near Augusta????

Robert 07.11.08 | 1:41 PM ET

Though James Brown didn’t achieve the popularity of the crossover fans he wanted, he was still the greatest at doing what he did…and was a real musical genius, showman, and American icon. Sure, he had his moments, but how many people that grew up as poor as he did, get presidential lifetime achievement awards?

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