Fundraising efforts yield $50,000 for historic Alapaha Gym

The sudden prospect of losing the Alapaha Gym, constructed in 1938 on the back of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s innovative New Deal initiatives, prompted the South Georgia rural community of nearly 700 residents to think proactively. Learn all about the little town with a big heart that astonishingly raised $50,000 enhanced with 15 vintage photos. Seen above, an ominous black crowd frames the Alapaha Gym on an otherwise sunny mid-morning before it was significantly renovated. The chimney at right was removed several months later to minimize leakage from rain, while the shingle roof was replaced with metal. Photography by Jeremy Roberts

The historic gymnasium in Alapaha, Georgia, is filled with enduring memories of school, sporting events, concerts, social activities — where many residents experienced the gamut of human emotions. Unfortunately, by late spring 2013 heavy rains had caused considerable roof leakage and ceiling/wall disintegration, exacerbated by two dilapidated chimneys and shingles that flew off anytime…

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Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts

Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ something fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net