Howard Community Club building celebrates 100 years

Howard Community Club building turns 100

This weekend, the Howard Community Club celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the historical building they have maintained since 1945. 

President of the Howard Community Club, Harry Davis, says before the building served as the home of the HCC, it was a school. 

The Bibb County Board of Education purchased the property in 1916, consolidating three one-room school houses into a single building. 

"The boys and girls, even though they went to school together, during recess, they had an imaginary line. The girls stayed on one side and the boys stayed on the other and they didn't cross that line," says Davis. 

Davis says he grew up in the Howard neighborhood and has been a member of the HCC virtually all his life. He sat down with WMAZ's Chelsea Beimfohr Wednesday afternoon and became emotional telling stories about his father-in-law who attended the school in the building in the 1920s. 

He also reminisced about the homemade biscuits that used to be baked in the building's kitchen and recalled the numerous laughs and memories he's had between the four walls. 

"You look around and you see the history of the pictures and the people that have come before us, and the way they carried on and the way they kept this up when they were her. They didn’t have a lot of money, so they put a lot of sweat and time and blood to keep the place up and they took a pride in it." 

Davis is concerned that today's generation is losing a sense of group-identity, but says that the Howard Community Club will stay afloat as long as he is alive. 

The centennial celebration open house will be held Sunday at the Howard Community Club building on Forsyth Road. Davis hopes for a large turn out and wants everyone in the community to feel welcome. 


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