How generations of families and a historic building are preserving black history in Macon


Murdine Height and her granddaughter, Kyla Gwyn, remember their experiences decades apart performing at the Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center.

Murdine Height, 92, and her granddaughter, 27-year old Kyla Gwyn, reminisced recently about their memories of the now vacant Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center in Macon’s Pleasant Hill community.

Height remembered the center when it was a church in the 1930s and then in the mid 90s as the place where she dropped off Gwyn for ballet lessons.

Kyla Gwyn, second from the left with the hot pink hair bows, with her classmates that she took ballet lessons with at the Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center in the mid 90s.

“I thought it was amazing for me to come and bring her, see her practice at the same place that I came up at church at,” she said.

Height said her family visited the church often. When she was 6, she sang a solo during the Christmas program.

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