Tag Archives: Laurens County

Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park-Dublin, Georgia

Created by artist Corey Barksdale, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park commemorates the speech that Dr. King made as a school boy in 1944 at the First African Baptist Church. It sits between the church and Dublin’s downtown. More info about the park can be read here.

Dudley Motel-Dublin, Georgia

Built in 1958, the Dudley Motel provided respite for Black travelers along US Highway 80 in Dublin, Georgia. The motel hosted such luminaries as Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Dudley family were prominent entrepreneurs in the community who developed not only the motel, but a cafe, gas station, mortuary, and cemetery for the African American community. For a thorough history on the family, and their history, please visit The Herbert “Hub” Dudley page. There are a lot of great photos there.

It was placed on the The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2023 Places in Peril.

Listing in the Travelers’ Green Book: 1966-67 International Edition: For Vacation Without Aggravation

Cedar Grove School-Cedar Grove Community, Georgia

The Cedar Grove School was built in the community of Cedar Grove in 1926, and it was expanded in 1939. It served the local community until 1970.

This was likely a teacherage which provided housing for teachers.

While the building resembles a Rosenwald, it is not one. The Rosenwald Schools were publicly available. Many schools used the plans because their designs were easy to implement, and they considered using natural light when some schools may not have electricity.

The red boot advertising the Cedar Grove Opry.

It’s officially now known as the Cedar Grove Community Center. In 2019, the community reopened it after a complete restoration and began to use the auditorium for the Cedar Grove Opry. The sign on the boot says it happened the 2nd Saturday of each month. I suspect that it’s opening near the start of COVID ended the community‘s attempt to his regular entertainment at the school complex.

Campus view

Sources: Dirt Roads, Country Churches and Small Towns

WMAZ news report on the school