Midway in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s
— Museum Of African American History —
Established in 1937, the Dorchester Cooperative Center opened several cooperative groups including a cooperative store, consumer's cooperative, chicken cooperative, and producer's cooperative. In March 1939, the Dorchester Federal Credit Union (DFCU) opened. All who lived within nine miles of Dorchester Academy were eligible to join. The DFCU's goals were to "stimulate systematic saving," help those unable to secure needed funds, and to bring the community together in a way that encouraged group action. The credit union's success "made it easier for Negroes to get credit from the local bank."
In the late 1940's, members of the Dorchester Cooperative Center wanted to provide local healthcare for themselves and other area residents. Thanks to their efforts the remodeled boys' dormitory became the home of the clinic run by the Liberty County Hospital Authority for Colored People.
Erected 2004 by City of Flemington.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1939.
Location. 31° 48.053′ N, 81° 27.918′ W. Marker is in Midway, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker can be reached from 8787 East Oglethorpe Highway (U.S. 84) near Lewis Frasier Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8787 East Oglethorpe Highway, Midway GA 31320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S.C.L.C. and the Voter Education Program 1962-1970 (a few steps from this marker); Civil Liberties at Dorchester Cooperative Center 1940 - present (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Moore at Dorchester Academy 1925-1932 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Growth Of Dorchester Academy 1874 - 1930sNew Life For Dorchester Academy 1932-1940 (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty County Citizen's Council 1946 - 1953 (within shouting distance of this marker); Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory (within shouting distance of this marker); Dorchester Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Athletic Programs at Dorchester Academy 1926-1940 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midway.
More about this marker. Upper right hand corner label reads:
This sign was made possible through the
financial support of the City of Flemington
with great places to "stay" in Liberty County.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,233 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 4. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.