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Koinonia Farm

 
 
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Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
1. Koinonia Farm Marker
Inscription.  With a background in theology and agriculture, Georgia native Clarence Jordan (1912-1969), along with his wife, Florence, and Martin and Mabel England, founded Koinonia Farm in 1942. During the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, this agriculture-based religious community gained a reputation for pacifism, equality, and interracial cooperation as Jordan traveled throughout the U.S. preaching and speaking out against racism. Repeatedly members of Koinonia Farm endured violence, boycotting, and ostracism from the local community. Koinonia inspired several grassroots organizations including Habitat for Humanity International. Jordan’s “Cotton Patch” translation of the New Testament was adapted in 1981 into the successful off-Broadway musical, The Cotton Patch Gospel.
 
Erected 2005 by Georgia Historical Society, Sumter Historic Trust, Prison and Jail Project, Jubilee Partners, and Habitat for Humanity International. (Marker Number 129-1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion
Koinonia Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
2. Koinonia Farm Marker
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Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location. 31° 58.9′ N, 84° 17.833′ W. Marker is near Americus, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 49 and Old Dawson Road, on the left when traveling south on State Route 49. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1324 Highway 49, Americus GA 31719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pursuit of Jefferson Davis (approx. 6.2 miles away); Rosalynn Smith Carter (approx. 6˝ miles away); Williams Warehouse (approx. 6.6 miles away); Carter Warehouse (approx. 6.6 miles away); Early Days (approx. 6.7 miles away); Old Carter Peanut Warehouse (approx. 6.7 miles away); Old Bank Building (approx. 6.7 miles away); Walters Grocery Company (approx. 6.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Offical Website of Koinonia Farm. (Submitted on July 3, 2015, by Geoffrey Henniess of Americus, Georgia.)
 
Koinonia Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
3. Koinonia Farm Marker
Looking across Georgia Highway 49 at the entrance to Koinonia Farm.
Koinonia Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
4. Koinonia Farm Marker
The chapel at Koinonia Farm
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 948 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on July 3, 2015, by Geoffrey Henniess of Americus, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2022