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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ninth Street Branch YMCA
 
Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 1) Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
1. Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 1)
 
Inscription.
Side 1:

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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Side 2:

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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.
 
Erected
 
Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 2) Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
2. Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 2)
 
2002 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Alfonso Biggs, and the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc.
 
Location. 32° 27.777′ N, 84° 59.117′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of 9th Street and 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 9th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friendship Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); First African Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Ma" Rainey Home (about 700 feet away); “Columbus Stockade Blues” (about 800 feet away); St. James AME Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temple Israel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Spencer House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holsey Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding Ninth Street Branch YMCA. On December 31, 1963 the gymnasium roof of the YMCA collapsed due to the weak condition of the building, snow, and ice. The Ninth Street Branch closed its doors three months later and was subsequently demolished. The site of the Ninth Street Branch YMCA is now the Police parking garage.
 
Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 1) Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
3. Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 1)
Looking west on 9th Street
 
 
Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 2) Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
4. Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 2)
Looking east on 9th Street
 
 
Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 1) Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
5. Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker (Side 1)
The Police parking garage which replaced the Ninth Street Branch YMCA is in the background.
 
 
Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
6. Ninth Street Branch YMCA Marker
Looking west 9th Street at the intersection with 6th Avenue.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 133 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 24, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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