Reconstruction Property Rights

Reconstruction Property Rights (HMDQ5)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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N 33° 35.756', W 83° 28.197'

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Georgia's General Assembly of 1865-1866 passed important property rights laws for its black population, most of whom had recently been emancipated. Blacks could legally buy, sell, inherit, and lease both land and personal property. The experience of John Wesley Moore (1862-1908) serves as an example of emerging African-American property ownership.

As a farmhand for James A. Fannin, Moore likely established his household on the Fannin Farm. In less than a decade, he acquired 9 acres of his own. Fannin, a bachelor, later deeded 41 acres to Moore "in consideration of the service he has given me." Circa 1900, Moore built a home on his farm and left his widow 67 acres free and clear upon his death.

In 1989, Rev. Alfred Murray acquired the Moore farm two miles south of town and donated the house for relocation. With leadership from the Honorable Martin L. Bass, Jr., and Rev. Fred Perriman, the house was restored for the Morgan County African-American Museum to serve as a center for the preservation and celebration of black heritage and culture.
HM NumberHMDQ5
Year Placed2009
Placed ByCity of Madison Bicentennial Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 11:13pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 270803 N 3720089
Decimal Degrees33.59593333, -83.46995000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.756', W 83° 28.197'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 45.36" N, 83° 28' 11.82" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 190-198 Academy St, Madison GA 30650, US
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