Stories of the South: WPA Community house - American Legion Hut
Macon, Mississippi has three Works Progress Administration (WPA) buildings. The post office (which I've already covered HERE and has some additional information about the WPA) is one and the one I'm covering today is the Community House also known as the American Legion Hut or the Legion Hut around town.
The WPA built several of these community houses in Mississippi and Suzassippi covered several of them for Preservation in Mississippi HERE, HERE, and HERE.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History's website lists the date of construction as 1935, and a copy of the American Legion Monthly March 1937 states that personnel from the American Legion came through Macon on a car trip to see the recently completed building along with the pool. The description from the newsletter is as follows:
One of the most recently completed clubhouses and community centers is that erected to serve Doyle Kerwin Post and the town of SoSo, Mississippi, a splendid stone structure which cost the post $3,000. This building is the result of long planning and effort by the twenty-four members of the post, which is located in a town having a population of just a few more than two hun dred — a most commendable service to the community of SoSo. Then, to mention another, there is the fine community center planned and installed by Noxubee Post at Macon, Mississippi — a center that includes a roomy Legion hut, a swimming pool fifty by one hundred feet with a depth ranging from three to ten feet, and a separate splash pool for small chil- dren, set in an inviting grove. All this was accomplished by a post of eighty members in a town of 2,100 population at a cash outlay of $15,- 000, not including the contributions of labor and material. Prince Watkins, Finance Officer of Noxubee Post, writes that most of the credit for this achievement is due to the untiring efforts and promo- tional ability of Commander Rupert Hoadley, seconded by the Adjutant, W. B. Lucas. Together they con- vinced the other seventy-eight mem- bers of the post of the possibility of giving their town something that had been long needed and at the same time of providing a post home designed to fit their needs. The hut is planned on the country-club style with a large assembly hall, a modern kitchen fully equipped, and a comfort- able lounge. Special attention was paid to the design of the great fireplace in the assembly hall, built of native stone, and over the seven-foot fireplace has been fixed a large bronze plate dedicated to the men of Noxubee County who served in the World War. Noxubee well has reason to be proud of its sons
The building is still in use today by the American Legion Post 63, the Macon Lions Club, and the Noxubee County Historical Society.
The American Legion Monthly March 1937
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
The Living New Deal