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Site #1.
Old Stone Church

Second Sanctuary of Antioch (East) Baptist Church, 1918-1950. Since 1980, home to the First Existentialist Congregation.

Site #2. Rose Hill

Site of the African American community of Rose Hill/Mayson Ave. Subdivision, 1892-1942.

Site #3.
Evening Star Lodge

(at right)

Site #4.
Antioch (East) Baptist Church

Original site of the Antioch (East) Baptist Church, 1877-1916.

Site #5. Hooper St.

An African American enclave from 1880s to 1980s. Many Antioch East Baptist Church Elders were born and lived on this street.

Site #6.
Mary Lin School

Public elementary school built late 1920s, but not open to African American children until 1965.

Evening Star Lodge Site

This dug-out slope from Candler Park Dr. to the ball fields leaves little evidence of the Evening Star Lodge that once stood here on a gentle hillside. The Lodge served as an anchor for the surrounding Black Community from 1893-1930s.

Site #3. Edgewood Evening Star Lodge No. 1

Once located at the intersection of today’s Candler Park Dr. and Miller Ave., the Edgewood Evening Star Lodge No. 1 was chartered in DeKalb County in 1892 as an association approved “for social and moral improvement, as well as for charity” and “the erection of a Lodge building.” An African American neighborhood institution within the Rose Hill/Mayson Ave. Subdivision, the Lodge was built on land sold to it in 1893 for $1.00 by Subdivision residents Dan McNeal and Rev. Charles Weldon.

After Antioch East’s wooden church burned in 1916, the congregation met at the Evening Star Lodge until 1922, while building their Stone Church across the street. The Lodge had electricity, and as Elders recall, it was a two-story wooden structure where Lodge members and Boy Scouts would hold their meetings. Documents show the Lodge remained at this location in the Subdivision until 1941.

As self-governing bodies, African American Lodges served as outlets for Black leadership, where members could speak freely and find support for their ideas. Set up like a corporation, a lodge provided insurance, sick and death benefits to its members through subscriptions. During times of public resistance to the formation of Black businesses, the Lodge was one of the few platforms for Black entrepreneurs.