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The Lone Star Benevolent Society Hall, Georgia

Waynesboro, Burke County

Built in 1898, the Lone Star Benevolent Society Hall is one of the oldest buildings in the Black community in Waynesboro, Georgia. Benevolent societies provided death insurance to its members while also providing a place for members to gather. Here is a great article on the history of benevolent societies.

Notice the “lone star” cut outs in the bell tower.

Thank you to Emmett McNair for helping identify this building.

This building sits to the left of the Lone Star Benevolent Society. A Sanborn map indicates that it is part of the hall, but it does not identify its purpose.
This building resembles many early 20th Century early schoolhouses, but I am unable to confirm its identity.