There are numerous (non-profit or government owned) historic structures in our community that are in need of renovation work (i.e. historic churches, community buildings, theatres, and schools).
Learn about these additional projects and see how you can contribute!
Historic Riverdale Cemetery, owned by the Columbus Consolidated Government since the establishment in 1890. The Riverside building was constructed in 1915. Benjamin Grove, nationally famous landscape designer, planned the property including a chapel with seating for 100, housing for the sexton and a bell tower atop the passageway used for funeral processions.
Riverdale Cemetery is a prime candidate for philanthropic funding in that these funds will assist us in honoring the memory of those who have chosen our hollowed grounds as their final resting place. We take pride in maintaining a disnified and respectful environment for those who visit our cemetery to honor the memory of a friend or loved one. The administrative offices for this Cemetery is housed in this historic building on Riverdale grounds. This facility is used to host families when making burial arrangements and gathering information about those that were previously buried in this cemetery. It also serves as a repository for historic burial records dating back to the late 1800s.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority House was constructed in 1869. It serves as a meeting location for members of the first and oldest African American women's sorority in the United States.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded on the principles of public service to all mankind. The members raise thousands of funds annually- 100% of which does back to the local community in the form of college scholarships to local students. Scholarships, in the charities, e.g. American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Sickle Cell, Diabetes, Be the Match Bone Marrow, Alzheimer's Association, Feed the Valley, Lions Club eye glass inititative, Soles 4 Souls, etc. The organization does not use publicly generated funds to support the upkeep of the property. Therefore, funds from this grant will be used to renovate the building.
Project Director: Phyllis Jones • 706-593-4597 •
The Liberty Threate Cultural Center - Constructed in 1924, with approximately 600 seats, the Liberty served as a movie theatre and also hosting famous entertainers such as Ma Rainey and Cab Calloway.
As one of just three historic african american theatres in the state of Georgia, the Liberty Theatre is a place that matters. Tell its story and creating conversations about its significance and importance of preserving cultural landmarks is integral to the Liberty's future. The This Place Matters project is the Liberty's first official step towards a revival and long tern sustainability.
The Restoration and Preservation of the CSS Jackson Fantail - The National Civil War Naval Museum requests funds to restore and preserve the Fantail of the CSS Jackson, a Confederate ironclad gunboat built here in Columbus at the shipyard on the Chattahoochee with local materials and labor.
The Fantail, physically separated from the ship itself after its sinking in 1865, is the only surviving ironclad fantail in existence. The restoration of this part of the ship will preserve a unique piece of maritime history that is not only nationally significant but also integral to the history of Columbus.
The museum will contract with maritime and architectural consultants to advise on several steps of the process. The grant will fund labor and equipment for preservation of the wood and iron, possible storage of the original wood, specialized transportation from the museum’s boathouse to exhibit hall, and finally proper mounting of the exhibit.
The CSS Jackson, a poignant reminder of the last major land battle of the American Civil War, depicts a unique and significant chapter in the rich history of Columbus, GA. The largest ironclad built from the hull up by the Confederacy, it was constructed in part of with lumber supplied by former slave and well known bridge builder Horace King.
In its totality, the ship and the Fantail highlight the key role that Columbus, GA played during this critical time in our nation’s history.
Columbus Botanical Gardens - The Columbus Botanical Garden is an enduring example of a vibrant and successful rural family’s way of life over 50 years ago that is all too quickly being razed in the name of progress. The farm home, the gin house and the stables on the property poignantly tell a story by gone days and give living insight into regional history.
Botanical Gardens serve a vital purpose in our communities. More and more every year, they are where the public goes to interface with the natural world, to become educated on topics that run the gamut from natural history to organic farming, and to enjoy community events and private celebrations. Similar to cultural or historical museums, gardens should tell the story of their communities and regions. The agricultural roots of the Chattahoochee River Valley, and the stories that can be told from that time, are best experienced in a "living museum" setting such as a botanical garden. As we grow into our ambitious master plan at the Columbus Botanical Garden, our historic farmhouse and farmstead will take on an ever more prominent role in the telling of that story. The farmyard will come to life again with chickens and beehives. The vegetable garden, while already impressive, will expand to include heirloom crops from centuries past. The Gin-House will host exhibits to honor the historic role of cotton in the growth of our city. At the center of it all will be the Adams Farmhouse, the place where it all happens; where you can sip cocktails and stroll through time, where you can learn and listen in the lap of old-southern charm surrounded by a growing 21st century botanical jewel, where you can relax and unwind and enjoy the joys of all things Columbus. To make all this happen, we need a hale and happy house that can weather the storms and provide a seamless aesthetic experience for our guests as they wrap themselves in the history of our city, a place where the past is honored and the future is welcomed with open arms.
Project Director: Stephan Bloodworth • 919-265-9361 •