Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Madison in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Reconstruction Property Rights

 
 
Reconstruction Property Rights Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
1. Reconstruction Property Rights Marker
Inscription. Georgia's General Assembly of 1865-1866 passed important property rights laws for its black population, most of whom had recently been emancipated. Blacks could legally buy, sell, inherit, and lease both land and personal property. The experience of John Wesley Moore (1862-1908) serves as an example of emerging African-American property ownership.

As a farmhand for James A. Fannin, Moore likely established his household on the Fannin Farm. In less than a decade, he acquired 9 acres of his own. Fannin, a bachelor, later deeded 41 acres to Moore "in consideration of the service he has given me." Circa 1900, Moore built a home on his farm and left his widow 67 acres free and clear upon his death.

In 1989, Rev. Alfred Murray acquired the Moore farm two miles south of town and donated the house for relocation. With leadership from the Honorable Martin L. Bass, Jr., and Rev. Fred Perriman, the house was restored for the Morgan County African-American Museum to serve as a center for the preservation and celebration of black heritage and culture.
 
Erected 2009 by City of Madison Bicentennial Commission.
 
Location. 33° 35.756′ N, 83° 28.197′ W. Marker is in Madison, Georgia, in Morgan County.
Reconstruction Property Rights Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
2. Reconstruction Property Rights Marker
Looking west on Academy Street
Marker is at the intersection of Academy Street and Burnett Street, on the right when traveling west on Academy Street. Touch for map. The marker stands in front of the Morgan County African-American Museum, in Madison. Marker is at or near this postal address: 156 Academy Street, Madison GA 30650, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedom of Assembly (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Town Spring (about 400 feet away); Industrial Corridor (about 400 feet away); The Town Park (about 500 feet away); Madison (about 600 feet away); Railroad Street Commerce (about 600 feet away); Antebellum Architecture (about 700 feet away); The Town Square (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable Buildings
 
Reconstruction Property Rights Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 6, 2009
3. Reconstruction Property Rights Marker
The marker stands in front of the relocated Moore House, now the Morgan County African-American Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 900 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement