Americus a city in Sumter County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 17,041. Americus is the home of Habitat for Humanity International's international headquarters, and the famous Windsor Hotel (from 1892)
The town was already graced with an abundance of antebellum and Victorian architecture when local capitalists opened the Windsor Hotel in 1892. A five-story Queen Anne edifice, it was designed by a Swedish architect, Gottfried L. Norrman, in Atlanta. Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall gave a speech from the balcony in 1917 and soon to be New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in the dining room in 1928.
For the local minority community, Rev. Dr. Major W. Reddick established the Americus Institute for thirdinary Education (1897–1932). Booker T. Washington was a guest speaker there in May 1908. Rev. Alfred S. Staley was responsible for locating the state Masonic Orphanage in Americus, which served its function from 1898 to 1940. Both men engineered the unification of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia in 1915, the former as president and the latter as recording secretary. The public school named in honor of A.S. Staley was designated a National School of Excellence in 1990.
The Civil Rights Era in Americus was a time of great turmoil; violent opposition to Koinonia by racist elements led to the bombing of a store uptown in 1957. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent a weekend in the courthouse jail in 1961, after an arrest in Albany. The "Sumter Movement" to end racial segregation was organized and led by Rev. Joseph R. Campbell in 1963. As a direct result, two Georgia laws were subsequently declared unconstitutional by a federal tribunal meeting in Americus. Color barriers were first removed in 1965 when J.W. Jones and Henry L. Williams joined the Americus police force. Lewis M. Lowe was elected as the first black city councilman ten years later. With their election in 1995, Eloise R. Paschal and Eddie Rhea Walker broke the gender barrier on the city's governing body.
In 1971, the city was featured in a Marshall Frady article, "Discovering One Another in a Georgia Town," in Life magazine. The portrayal of the city's school integration was relatively benign, especially considering the community's history of troubled race relations. Americus' nadir in this respect had occurred in 1913, when a young black man named Will Redding murdered Police Chief W.C. Barrow in a fit of rage and was then lynched by a white mob.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,808, and the median income for a family was $32,132. Males had a median income of $27,055 versus $20,169 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,168. About 23.4% of families and 27.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.1% of those under age 18 and 19.8% of those age 65 or over.
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
D J's Beauty Salon - Category: Hair Salons - 618 N Lee St, Americus, GA 31709-3010 (229) 931-0304
Final Faze Barber & Beauty Salon - Category: Hair Salons - 1524 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Ste B, Americus, GA 31719-2281 (229) 389-2001 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Fish House - Category: Seafood Restaurant - 224 North Jackson Street, Americus, GA 31709 (229) 924-5177
Gladys Kitchen - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 1009 Martin Luther King Jr Blv, Americus, GA 31719 (229) 928-1975
Granny's Kitchen - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 188 U.S. 19, Americus, GA 31719 (229) 924-0028
Sheppard House - Category: Barbecue Restaurant - 1608 E Forsyth St # H, Americus, GA 31709 (229) 924-8756
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