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Tindall Heights Legacy: A Community Issue

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 3:17 PM
      Preserving the Historical Legacy of Tindall Heights Housing Development: A Community Issue 
   In October 2015, the Macon Committee on Urban Affairs was established to address poverty, poor educational systems, and sub-standard housing patterns in Macon.  Comprised of individuals from Macon’s professional and civic communities, our number one priority is the approaching demolition of the Tindall Heights Housing Development, the oldest and most historically significant public housing development in Macon.  Prior to 1940, many blacks lived in what the Macon Telegraph described as “Negro shanties,” with only “an outside privy and water tap,” located in what was then Tindall Field.  The Field was converted into a “low-cost housing project.”  The Macon Housing Authority was created for this purpose.
   The shanties were inhabited by former slaves, many of whom migrated from the plantations of Byron/Centerville, Georgia.  Now, seventy-five years later, the MHA is positioned to make it all “disappear,” even though the property is within a Nationally Registered Historic District, even though a protected pre-1942 section of it, green buildings, are the former homes of black educators and entertainers who made unparalleled contributions to Macon and Georgia history.  Demolition of all the buildings appear inevitable, but what is not inevitable, and worth taking a stand for is the destruction of the history, and the people’s acceptance of such.  As President and Professor of History, I invite you to a community conversation,"Preserving the Historical Legacy of Tindall Heights," Friday, January 15, 4p.m., Buck Melton Community Center. (Macon Telegraph, Dec. 9, 2015, Viewpoints)

Categories: Community Affairs, Politics, Culture, Education, Historic Preservation

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Reply Stacy Jenkins
6:58 AM on September 10, 2017 
I'm a contributing volunteer on Tindall Heights Historic Neighborhood Pulse Facebook page. I included your very informative blog post about historic Tindall Heights. Thank you for sharing the historical value of how freed slaves migrated from Byron/Centerville GA. to Tindall Heights. Not many people are probably aware of that, I know that I definitely wasn't. In the information box, I have listed the link to the neighborhoods Facebook page, please feel free to join and contribute information. This is a volunteer non-profit effort for the community. Thank You

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