Historic Markers Across Georgia



Ninth Street Branch YMCA (Side 2)



Marker ID: HCC 
Location: 903 6th Ave., Columbus, GA.
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 27.777    W 084° 59.117
  32.462950    -84.985283
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM44WH
Ninth Street Branch YMCA (Side 2)  Marker  



Text:

The Ninth Street Branch YMCA was dedicated on Tuesday, October 8, 1907. The toastmaster for the evening was Dr. M.L. Taylor and the featured speaker was Dr. Booker T. Washington. Gertrude Pridgett "Ma" Rainey, accompanied by pianist Leila Price, performed "Lift Every Voice and Sing." This song would later become the Negro National Athem. The Ninth Street Branch YMCA entertained over 100,000 men, boys, soldiers and visitors during its existence. From 1907 until its demolition in December of 1963, more than 4,000 men held active memberships in the Association.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Alfonso Biggs, and the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc., 2002




Ninth Street Branch YMCA (Side 2)
Photo by David Seibert


Notes:

Two sided marker.

 

106-A38