Friends reminisce at Howard Community School centennial celebration

Historic Macon Building celebrates 100 years

On Sunday afternoon, the Howard Community Club celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the building they have called home since 1945.

But, before the building was used as the meeting place for the Howard Community Club, it was a school. 

"Oh heaven knows how old this black board is...That's right, because it was here when we were," Bill Hollis and Tossy O'neal Alston remarked as they looked around their old first grade classroom. 

The pair have been friends for over 80 years and attended grade school together in the building that was celebrated for a century of use by the Macon community on Sunday afternoon. 

Harris and Alston say the classroom inside the Howard Community Club looks nearly identical to the room they remember walking into in 1933.

According to the Howard Community Club, the land was originally purchased by the Bibb County Board of Education and consolidated three one-room schools in the area.
Dozens gathered in the main hall of the Howard Community Club building for music, dancing, and recollecting memories. 
Bill and Tossy laughed about everything from eating 3-cent school lunches made up of cooked pigeon and tapioca pudding, to performing in school plays.
"It was a wondrous place," said Alston. 
They credit this little, white school house -- that has grown into a big, renovated community club -- as the place which makes the Howard Community so special.


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