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History hidden in plain view

Posted: Mar. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Powell Building

Although the scenery has changed a bit, the Savannah jazz legend has vivid memories of what it once was. This building has been through so much and has been so much. From it being a hub of black business and social life to a community housing for black soldiers. The Powell Hall was a YMCA for more than 20 years before moving to another street in 1968. As of know it remains a part of living history.


Every Thursday morning Teddy Adams and a group of gentlemen who call themselves "The Breakfast Club"- take their usual seats at the Garden of Eden Restaurant. It's a chance for them to not only reconnect with each other... but their past.
It was in this same building- on the third floor many years ago- where Adams spent most of his childhood- long before this restaurant ever existed. "I was at Cuyler in the 8th grade when I started frequenting this place," Adams recalls. "It was popular because we could come up here and practice and do anything constructive at no cost."


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