I'm from a small town in Macon County, Alabama called Notasulga. Though I decided to continue my education just a few miles away at Tuskegee University, when my peers ask me where I'm from, the follow-up response is usually "whaaa???" Although Notasulga is all I know, most people that I've met haven't even heard of it. So, I decided to do it for my hood one time! This piece is dedicated to everybody from Macon County!
You know you're from Macon County if...
1. you don't call it Macon County unless you just have to.
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Being from Macon County, we're quick to establish our separation from each other - especially us Notasulgians. Notasulga and Tuskegee are two different places and we're quick to correct you if you thought otherwise! But, we only say "Macon County" when absolutely necessary.
2. you know Francis.
I remember back in the day when we couldn't go to Tuskegee without running into Francis. LOL. Every time my mom and I went to Maxway, she was right there. A trip to Maxway wasn't complete if my mom didn't speak to Francis.
3. you agree that 29, 80, 81, and 14 are pretty much the most important roads.
If you aren't getting on the interstate and you're going somewhere important, you're probably on one of these roads.
4. you spend 4th of July at the lake.
The Tuskegee Fire Department puts on one of the best firework shows I've seen thus far! And every time I go, the lake is jam packed.
5. you know all about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
You were probably in elementary school when you were first introduced to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study; and ever since then, you've always wondered why Tuskegee was chosen.
6. you believe that TU's homecoming is for the whole county and not just the students.
I was attending Tuskegee's homecoming events before I even became a student! Macon Countians just do that. What ID??
7. the square isn't just another shape.
Concerts, field days, marathons, gospel programs... they all happen in the heart of Tuskegee at the square and the crowd is hardly ever small.
8. these three faces look familiar.
Everybody knows these three people! Everybody! Even if you don't know them by name, you know who they are, where they usually are, and what they can usually be found doing.
9. you know about the Yellow Store and the Chicken Coop.
I'm sure that we can all agree when I say that these two places have/had some good food! (R.I.P. to the Coop)
10. you know where The Soul is.
The World Famous Soul Inn... Need I say more?