Freedom of Assembly

Freedom of Assembly (HMX58)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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N 33° 35.783', W 83° 28.15'

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With freedom from slavery came freedom of assembly - particularly to worship, evidenced by the early establishment of the first independent black congregation in 1865. African-American churches, such as Calvary Baptist (1883), were the primary civic and cultural arenas for the black community.

In the 1880-90s, fraternal and social orders extended the black social sphere to this corner of W. Washington Street. The Brothers & Sisters of Love & Charity, a mutual aid society offering life/employment insurance, built their Society Hall. The adjacent Odd Fellows Hall, also two-story, had lower stores that were occupied at times by a grocery, harness shop, carpenter, barber, and multiple restaurants. These businesses, as well as the nearby blacksmith, served as a commercial hub.

A 1904 brick replacement (post-fire) was later sold in halves. The Madison Colored Undertaking Company (later Mapp Funeral Home) anchored the west end, and the east end housed a myriad of black-owned enterprises, most notably the Brown Stock Co. and Morgan County NAACP offices.
HM NumberHMX58
Year Placed2011
Placed ByCity of Madison, Madison BiCentennial Commission 1809-2009
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 5:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 270877 N 3720138
Decimal Degrees33.59638333, -83.46916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.783', W 83° 28.15'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 46.98" N, 83° 28' 9.00" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 137 W Washington St, Madison GA 30650, US
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