MACON, Ga. — Greenwood Backside is a historic Black neighborhood in Macon. For years, solely reminiscences of its historical past stuffed Third Avenue Lane, however now, Weston Stroud has a plan to revive the realm with a meals truck park.
Stroud gained a Knight Basis grant in 2020 and is lastly presenting what he calls the “Summer time of Love” sequence.
“I got here up with the concept to begin a meals truck park, and one of many greatest significance behind that was, one, COVID, and in order that’s a approach folks can nonetheless get out, be collectively, however it’s nonetheless open air and COVID-friendly,” he says.
The Roxy Theatre was a staple in Greenwood Backside, serving as a spot of leisure for Black folks in Macon throughout segregation. It served as a spot for entertainers like Otis Redding.
“This space was simply so vibrant, and the historical past is so wealthy that after I discovered about Greenwood Backside, I simply needed to provide you with a strategy to deliver it again, and this challenge was a strategy to strive to try this,” he says.
Subsequent week, the realm may have a accomplished mural that includes the phrases “Black Historical past Issues,” meals vans, and a showcase of native expertise—identical to the Roxy Theatre used to.