Tag Archives: South Georgia African-American History & Culture

Turpentine Cabin, Tetlow

This is about as good a view as can be had of this shotgun house in northwestern Wayne County. It’s located in the vicinity of Tetlow, which still exists on the map and in a nearby road name, but seems lost to history otherwise. Because there are the remains of several nearly identical shotgun houses at the site, I presume this was a turpentine camp at one time. The area in which its located was heavily involved in the naval stores and timber industries throughout much of the twentieth century; the camp was likely abandoned by the 1960s.

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Vernacular African-American Church, Fitzgerald

I will update with an identification as soon as I can track down some history of this structure, which is among the oldest wooden churches in Fitzgerald.

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Filed under --BEN HILL COUNTY GA--, Fitzgerald GA

Bethel A. M. E. Church, Fitzgerald

Bethel is one of the oldest African-American congregations in Fitzgerald.

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Rosenwald School, 1925, Tallahassee

Thanks to Michael Williams for confirming the identification.

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Fraternal Lodge, Tallahassee

The community of Tallahassee is an historic African-American settlement about 5 miles north of Hazlehurst. It likely gets its name from the nearby highway, which was once the Savannah-Tallahassee Road and one of only two roads passing through the county in the early 1870s. This structure, located adjacent to the Tallahassee Missionary Baptist Church, is likely a fraternal lodge.

 

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Filed under --JEFF DAVIS COUNTY GA--, Tallahassee GA

Tallahassee Missionary Baptist Church, Jeff Davis County

This congregation was established in 1884. It’s one of the oldest African-American congregations in Jeff Davis County.

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Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, 1915, Oak Park

This congregation was established in 1906.

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Filed under --EMANUEL COUNTY GA--, Oak Park GA