Ninth Street Branch YMCA

Ninth Street Branch YMCA (HM137C)

Location: Columbus, GA 31901 Muscogee County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 27.777', W 84° 59.117'

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In 1901, George Foster Peabody and his brothers made an offer to the colored men and boys of Columbus to build a YMCA on the condition they raise $1,000, purchase a building lot and get membership of 300 men. On Sunday, April 28, 1901 a mass meeting at St. James A.M.E. Church was held and the Ninth Street Branch YMCA was founded with 178 men. About 1902 the lot at 903 Sixth Avenue was purchased. Mr. Peabody and his brothers donated $20,000 to the colored people of Columbus to build the YMCA in 1907. At that time, it was the second modern Negro YMCA building in the country and the first in the South.

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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 Anthem. 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.
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HM NumberHM137C
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Year Placed2002
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission, Alfonso Biggs, and the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:52pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 689355 N 3593539
Decimal Degrees32.46295000, -84.98528333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.777', W 84° 59.117'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 46.62" N, 84° 59' 7.02" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-599 9th St, Columbus GA 31901, US
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