James Brown Historical Tour celebrates the life and legacy of The Godfather of Soul
James Brown passed away on Christmas Day in 2006, and his family says they spend each day honoring the legend. FOX54's RS Brown caught up with his daughter Deanna Brown, on the James Brown Historical Tour.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Godfather of Soul and the James Brown Family Foundation honors that with the James Brown Historical Tour.
Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas says “the James Brown Family Historical Tour was started in 2016…Chadwick Boseman and Tate Taylor had come down the year before to do some research for the movie, ‘Get on Up’. And from that we decided wow, after taking them around and giving them the history that this is actually a good thing.”
A good thing indeed. James Brown grew up in the streets of Augusta Georgia with most spots that where he grew up still existing today.
Brown Thomas says, “we are very fortunate to live in Augusta Georgia, where my father grew up. He was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, and grew up in Augusta, Georgia. And he never forgot where he came from. He grew up poor. My grandparents were poor, and he grew up in the segregated south. Uh, so things were not afforded to him.”
James Brown worked his way from rags to riches. However, it wasn't just about the music. He was passionate about several other things.
“He was very big on education. Don't be a dropout was very, was very important to him. But then again, in 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, my father sat down at a table and on a napkin, started to write the lyrics, ‘Say it Loud, I’m Black, and I'm Proud’.”
Get to learn all that and more on the tour.
Tour Guide KiKi Cofer says, “this tour is the full embodiment of the James Brown story. And it's really a funky, good time!”
The tour takes place every Saturday, beginning and ending at the Augusta Museum. Learn all about the James Brown Historical Tour by clicking here.