Thunderbolt in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club
In a modest garage apartment building at the corner of Jefferson and 35th Street, the Jefferson Athletic Club for Boys was founded in 1933. The nation was in the throes of a great economic depression. The need arose for organized activities for boys. Victor B. Jenkins Jr. sensed the need and organized the club. He was a friend, counselor, and a mentor to the boys of the club from the beginning, directing the activities of the J.A.C. until his death.
The Exchange Club of Savannah adopted the J.A.C. as its principal project in 1934 and founded the Coastal Empire Fair Association in 1950 to help support the growing needs of the club.
Judge Jenkins was born in 1905 in Guyton, Ga. and died August 4, 1962 in Savannah, Ga. He touched the lives of thousands of young men throughout his life.
The J.A.C. was renamed the Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club by the Board of Trustees in 1963.
Herschel V. Jenkins, and later, his daughter Victoria Jenkins, gave substantial endowments to the club.
In 1985, this premier youth recreational facility in Savannah was built on Waters Avenue. The Boys Club has
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
Location. 32° 2.58′ N, 81° 2.637′ W. Marker is in Thunderbolt, Georgia, in Chatham County. Located in Bonaventure Cemetery near Walz Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah GA 31404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Bonaventure Waterworks and Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred Wessels, Senior (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); Sacred to the Memory of Veterans of World Wars (about 700 feet away); Julia Denise Backus Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonials at Bonaventure (approx. 0.2 miles away); John S. Banks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bonaventure Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thunderbolt.
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