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History buffs to gather at Macedonia Baptist Church March 9th

Spence School: on right is the 1941 building, which is still standing today; on left, is 1925 building that was torn down about 1956 after consolidation with Shiver Elementary School.

Grady County Historical Society will gather for its annual meeting at Macedonia Baptist Church, at the intersection of Mill Pond Road and Macedonia Road in the Spence Community on Tuesday, Mar. 9, at 6:30 p.m.
A meal of  “dinner on the grounds” favorites will be served by Spence ladies for a donation of $6 per person.  
After a brief business meeting conducted by Carolyn J. Hopkins, president, and installation of new officers, a program by community historians and residents of Spence will share memories of the early history of Spence, its schools, churches and other historical sites in the area. Donna Powell will share a PowerPoint presentation of photos of the community gathered from current and former Spence residents.  
As you travel northward to Spence from N Broad St. and US Hwy 84 in Cairo, travel GA Hwy 93/111 for 3.5 miles. Continue on GA Hwy 111 for 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Spence RD, travel 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Stagecoach Rd., travel 1.0 mile. Church is on right.  
While traveling to Spence, you could visit Pleasant Grove Church and site of former school (turn left onto Wilcox Rd. and right onto Pleasant Grove Rd.) and Pope’s Store and Museum (turn right onto Pope’s Store Road), Pine Forest Church  and site of former school (turn right onto Pine Forest Rd.).
While in the area you could visit sites of the Cuffhead School, 1913 Spence School, 1925 and 1941 Spence School buildings, Carter Banks Cemetery, Prince Family Turpentine Commissary, Spence Courthouse,  Eureka School, Humphries School, Willow Grove Church and St Luke School, Spence Mill Pond and Store, Sadler’s Store, Cooper’s Store, Rigsby’s Blacksmith Shop, Union Hill Baptist Church, the “old Spence Homeplace,” Spence Family – Corley Cemetery (believed to be location of graves of Spence family that gave the community its name), the “old” and “new” New Home Schools, Union Hill Primitive Church and Cemetery, a special marker of William Richard Gilliard (one of five brothers to serve in Confederate Army). (Many of the buildings at these sites are no longer in existence)
Members and friends are encouraged to attend. If you, your parents or grandparents were born and raised in Spence, attended Spence School, or churches in the area, you are encouraged to come an enjoy an evening of reminiscing with the folks in the Spence community.  If you have questions or for more information, contact Donna Powell at 294-9631.

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