McIntosh in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Union Brotherhood Society
William Mckinley Walthour, Sr. founded the Union Brotherhood Society or "The Society" in March 1932 to help provide for a proper burial of Negro citizens. During this period of segregation and Jim Crow Laws, Negroes were uninsured and had to use homemade pine boxes to bury their loved ones. The organization collected dues of ten and twenty-five cents monthly from its members; enabling them to have death and health benefits. The Society with 34 members still exists in 2006 with death benefits of $140.00 and sickness benefits of $10.00.
At funerals, the Society members dressed in black and white, wore badges and greeted each other as Brother and Sister. Anniversary celebrations, known as the "Society
( Rear Text )
Turning Out," had a worship program followed by fellowship, fun and games.
The founding members were: William Walthour, Sr., Frank Baker, Willie Stevens, Joe Bowers, Wilhelmina Walthour, Beatrice Bowers, Gus Williams, Priscilla Maxwell, Rosa Bell Roberts, Ben Maxwell, Sarah Jane Walthour, Joe Walthour, George Walthour, Sr., William Brown, Rev. R.W. Monroe and Janie Stevens.
Less than an acre of land was purchased and a building structure similar to an old T-shaped church, was built by The Society members for their meetings and gatherings at this location
Erected 2007 by The Liberty County Historical Society.
Location. 31° 48.367′ N, 81° 29.513′ W. Marker is in McIntosh, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker is on Bill Carter Road 0.2 miles south of U.S. 84. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hinesville GA 31313, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Athletic Programs at Dorchester Academy 1926-1940 (approx. 1½ miles away); Civil Liberties at Dorchester Cooperative Center 1940 - present (approx. 1.6 miles away); S.C.L.C. and the Voter Education Program 1962-1970 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory (approx. 1.6 miles away); Elizabeth Moore at Dorchester Academy 1925-1932 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dorchester Academy (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Growth Of Dorchester Academy 1874 - 1930s (approx. 1.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Jim Crow laws. Overruled by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Submitted on July 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Persons •
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