February 4, 2023

The Disney+ Show Genius: MLK/X will be filmed in Downtown Macon on Monday and Tuesday, January 30th and 31st, 2023. Up to these days there will be preparatory work and then clean-up work. This season of Genius tells the dual story of civil rights activists Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. The list of road and public closures for preparation, filming, and completion is below.

“I keep hearing how great our community is, with people coming here from all over the country to play and film, that’s one reason Scouts keep coming back to see them working here more can,” says Mayor Lester Miller.

“We’re definitely going to be one of those places to film because we have the people, the sets and the expertise that can handle almost anything a production company needs,” said Visit Macon’s Aaron Buzza. “This is great as people are staying at our hotels, hiring locals to work and trade, and spending money at local businesses.”

This TV adaptation follows several movies and shows filmed in Macon-Bibb including The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, Wise Blood, A Trip to Bountiful, The Crazies, Trouble with the Curve, 42, Need For Speed, The Fifth Wave, The Best of Enemies, Zombieland: Double Tap and Justice on Trial. Several television shows have also been filmed here including Brockmire, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Witches of East End, Watchmen, Lovecraft Country, The Go-Big Show and FLOTUS.

Please note that GENIUS: MLK/X presents difficult issues related to racial injustice and/or violence. This may include, but is not limited to, segregation, police brutality, references to slavery, etc. Scenes filmed in Macon can be particularly disturbing as they depict Selma’s historic suffrage protest and the violence that followed.

Road and public closures

Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Closing the parking lane east of Poplar Street for 1/2 block from Second Street to the crosswalk

Friday, January 27, 2023

  • Closing the parking lane on the west side of Mulberry Street heading north from Second Street, 100 feet north
  • Closing the parking lane east of Poplar Street for 1/2 block from Second Street to the crosswalk

Sunday 29 January 2023

  • Parking lane closure on Second Street northbound from Cherry Street to Mulberry Street Lane

Monday, January 30, 2023

  • Limited portions of the Bibb County Courthouse will be marked and closed to the public.
  • All courts and offices will operate as usual and the court proceedings as planned. Everyone should show up for jury duty and the hearing as scheduled.
  • Standard procedure at the courthouse, including the main entrance on 2nd Street, will be conducted as usual.
  • Complete closure of Mulberry Street between First Street and Second Street
  • Parking lane closures on both parking lanes heading north on Mulberry Street south of 2nd Street for half a block
  • Parking lane closures on both sides of Second Street between Mulberry Street and Walnut Street
  • Temporary traffic stop at the intersection of Second Street and Mulberry Street
  • Closure of parking lanes on both sides of Mulberry Street from Second Street to New Street (parking lanes between First Street and Second Street are included in the Mulberry Street closure)
  • Temporary traffic stop on Mulberry Street between New Street and Second Street
  • Temporary traffic stop on First Street between Mulberry Street Lane and Walnut Street Lane
  • Parking lane closure on Second Street northbound from Cherry Street to Mulberry Street Lane
  • Parking lane closure on the west side of Poplar Street southbound between Second Street and Third Street

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • Complete closure of Second Street between Mulberry Street and Cherry Street
  • Closure of Cotton Avenue
  • Parking lane closures on both sides of Second Street from Cherry Street West for half a block
  • Parking lane closures on both sides of Cherry Street from Second Street to Cotton Avenue
  • Parking lane closures on both sides of Cherry Street from Second Street South for half a block
  • A temporary traffic stop was requested on Cherry Street between Cotton Avenue and Second Street
  • Closure of Southbound Poplar Street between Second Street and Third Street
  • Parking lane closure on west side of Poplar Street northbound between Second Street and Third Street
  • Closing the parking lane on the west side of northbound Mulberry Street from northbound Second Street for a distance of 100 feet

Wednesday February 1, 2023

  • Parking lane closure on Second Street westbound from Cherry Street to Mulberry Street Lane
  • Parking lane closure eastbound on Poplar Street 1/2 block from Second Street to the crosswalk

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