MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Charles Henry Douglass, founder of the Douglass Theatre in Macon, was honored for his 150th birthday Monday.
In the 1900s, Douglass was one of Georgia’s top businessmen.
The founder made a great impact on the African American community. Douglass served as a prominent leader within the Macon community.
“He had a place to go in the segregation Jim Crow days when people really will feeling very humiliated from the conditions,” said the theatre’s board member, George Fadil-Muhammad. “This was a refuge for the people he showed what a prosperous black man looks like.”
The Douglass Theatre opened in 1911.