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Albany themed Music Voyager episode celebrated

Many community members gathered for the occasion. Many community members gathered for the occasion.
Rutha Harris, one of the original freedom singers Rutha Harris, one of the original freedom singers
Live music by multiple artists prefaced the playing of the episode Live music by multiple artists prefaced the playing of the episode
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

For local musical legends like Emory and Rutha Harris, Bo Henry and T. Marshall Jones home is where the heart is.

People gathered at this red carpet event at the Flint Riverquarium Imagination theater to honor those celebrated artists.

They also watched the Music Voyager episode aired recently by Georgia Public Broadcasting that focused on the musical history of Albany.

State tourism officials believe the show will help draw visitors to Albany.

"So many amazing things have happened here that folks are not familiar with," said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for the Georgia department of Economic Development. So it is really a chance to tell that story and to use that story as an anchor to drive visitation here."

Local entrepreneur and musician Bo Henry was happy to brag about the culture of his hometown.

"I don't think they had heard a lot of good southern music honestly, said Bo Henry. And I think it was a good thing for them. They ate southern food everything. We had to show them what we do here in Albany."

This red carpet affair started with musical selections by Bo Henry, Rutha Harris and the freedom singers and then the film ensued.

"I've seen a few pieces and that's one of the reasons I wanted to come down because I haven't had a chance of seeing it yet," said Langston."And I'm really excited about seeing it."

Harris is one of the original freedom singers and was featured heavily in the episode.

"This is very special because this is the first time that we have had a red carpet event of something that we've done like documentaries," said Harris. "So this is very wonderful."

The overall theme of the event was to celebrate and promote Albany and it's unique history.   

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