Tyler Perry exhibit chronicles a life of faith, courage and the embodiment of the American Dream

“The Tyler Perry Exhibition” is on display at the Tubman museum in Macon through February 2025. (Courtesy of the Tubman museum)

The life of Tyler Perry is synonymous with the American Dream. From his humble beginnings marred by childhood poverty and abuse, he rose to become one of today’s most successful figures in the entertainment industry. He was first introduced to the world at large by his portrayal of the character Medea, the god-fearing, gun-toting grandma who gave spiritual and other advice packed with a hilarious punch.

His prolific body of work includes feature films, stage plays, television shows, as well as a New York Times bestseller. And the Atlanta area is proud to be home to the world-famous Tyler Perry Studios. An exhibition featuring the work and life of the American filmmaker, actor, playwright, and entrepreneur is on display now at the Harriet Tubman museum in Macon through February of 2025.

In this interview, Harold Young, executive director of the Harriet Tubman museum, speaks with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes about the long-time-coming exhibit.

“When you get to a certain point in your life, you should always reach back and bring someone with you, as Mr. Perry has done and as Harriett Tubman did. Don’t just free yourself,” says Young.

“The Tyler Perry Exhibition” is on display through February 2025. More information is available here.