Nominations sought for Sidewalk Stories Challenge in Macon

Do you have a favorite line of poetry from Sidney Lanier? An Allman Brothers song lyric that always sticks with you?

Thanks to a grant to the Crossroads Writers Conference, residents will now be able to immortalize their favorite lines related to Macon and help revitalize part of the College Hill Corridor area in the process as part of the Sidewalk Stories Challenge.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded a $29,300 Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant that will allow the organization to take nominations to inscribe quotations on areas of sidewalk that need to be replaced. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia is administering the grant.

The original idea was to create a sort of literary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the corridor area, said Angel Collins, a Crossroads board member. Since there isn’t enough grant money for an entire sidewalk, Crossroads board members decided to let people nominate sections of sidewalk in the corridor between Mercer University and downtown Macon that are in greatest need of repair and have a quote inscribed in the new sidewalk.

The only catch besides the location is that the quote must somehow be relevant to Macon -- either about Macon itself or written by someone with a Macon connection. The quotations don’t necessarily have to be a quote from a song or literary piece. People also can submit historic facts if they choose.

“It can be music, it can be literary -- something that had an impact on that person,” Collins said.

The Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Crossroads on the project.



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