Historic Markers Across Alabama

Shiloh Community

Marker ID: ABT 
County: Macon
Waymark: None


The Shiloh Missionary Baptist church was organized in 1870 and was the first recruitment site of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to determine the effects of untreated syphilis on the Negro male. More men were recruited from this site than any other site. Noted civil rights attorney Fred Gray demanded an apology from the government on behalf of the participants and descendants from Shiloh. The study lasted 40 years. The church is well preserved and remains in tact. The bell that hangs in the steeple is the original operable bell from a previous wooden structure built in the late 1870's

The Shiloh Cemetery holds the remains of the largest number of men from the Tuskegee syphilis study than any cemetery in Macon County, AL. Graves in this cemetery date back as far as 1874. Facing east to west, most graves have on simple headstones

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The Shiloh-Rosenwald school was a collaboration between black educator Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears. The Rosenwald schools are a landmark in the history of Afro-American education. Today, many of these schools of hope have disappeared from the landscape. Many became victims of neglect and abandonment. The Shiloh Rosenwald School sits in the oldest Rosenwald community. One of the first six schools was built in the Shiloh community. The school is a 2-teacher type school designed by Tuskegee Institute Architects. The bricks were handmade by Tuskegee students. The 3-room school accommodated grades 1-6. The Rosenwald fund was not a handout and the African American community contributed much of the funds to build the Shiloh Rosenwald School

Notasulga was organized in 1893 and is the birthplace of noted author Zora Neal Hurston (1/7/1891). American folklorist during the time of the Harlem renaissance.

End of Shiloh Community