Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Louis H. Persley
Originally from Macon, Georgia, African-American architect Louis H. Persley attended Lincoln University, and graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1914. Persley then joined the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. One of his few projects in Georgia, Persley designed a new building for the First African Methodist Episcopal Church on this site in 1916. First AME began as Pierce’s Chapel in 1866, believed to be the first congregation in Athens established by African Americans after the Civil War. Persley went on to design buildings including the Masonic Temple in Birmingham, and several structures on the campus of Tuskegee. On April 5, 1920 Louis Persley became the first African American to register with the new Georgia State Board of Registered Architects.
Erected 2006 by Georgia Historical Society and First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Athens. (Marker Number 29-3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 57.629′ N, 83° Touch for map. Marker is in front of the First AME Church Educational Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 521 North Hull Street, Athens, Athens GA 30603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Moses Waddel (about 800 feet away); The Athens Double-Barrelled Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Flight in Georgia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 to 1902 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. ¼ mile away); Camak House: (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Notable Persons •
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