Historic Markers Across Georgia

Freedom of Assembly

Marker ID: CMAD 
Location: Washington , Madison, GA Academy Sts., Madison, GA
County: Morgan
Coordinates: N 33° 35.783    W 083° 28.15
  33.59638333    -83.46916666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Freedom of Assembly Marker
Photo by David Seibert


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.

Erected 2011 by City of Madison, Madison Bicentennial Commission 1809-2009.

Freedom of Assembly
Photo by David Seibert