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Midway in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s

Dorchester Academy

 

—Museum Of African American History —

 
Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s - 1940s marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s - 1940s marker
Inscription. The Industrial Arts Department at Dorchester Academy taught students practical skills they could use in everyday life. The boys took classes in farming, woodworking, iron-working, and architecture. The girls were instructed in cooking, sewing, dressmaking and related industries. Most importantly, the students were taught teamwork and the basics of cooperative buying. The Dorchester Cooperative Center's efforts to encourage cooperative buying succeeded because the former students of Dorchester Academy understood and encouraged the community action.

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." Thanks to the DFCU, two farming cooperative groups within the DCC were able to organize and secure loans to purchase farming tractors.

In the late 1940's, members of the Dorchester Cooperative
The Industrial Arts Department at Dorchester Academy (detail) image. Click for full size.
2008
2. The Industrial Arts Department at Dorchester Academy (detail)
Upper picture: Industrial Arts Building circa 1890
Lower right picture: Woodworking class in front of the Industrial Arts Building in the 1920s.
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.
 
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.
 
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 - 1930s (within shouting distance of this marker); New Life For Dorchester Academy 1932-1940 (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty County Citizen's Council 1946 - 1953
Dorchester Academy gate image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Dorchester Academy gate
(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.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationIndustry & Commerce
 
Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 18, 2011
4. Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s Marker
Located on the northwest side of the Midway Congregational United Church of Christ near the museum building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,086 times since then and 15 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.
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