Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976 Page: 7
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The community center was built through the WPA project. The fam-
ilies in this community, and others similar to this one, would
let their sons who were of working age help build the community
center for pay."
Later the community center was called the Old Stumping
Grounds. The Government officials would meet here to work out
things with the homeowners. It was also a place for entertain-
ment. Many a dance and band musical was held. Thus, the name:
" stumping ground" ( a variation of stumping, meaning dancing.)
Sheila Smith, a member of Black Gold, said that her father'
Mr. C. G. Bowie, who was leader of the band called C. G. Bowie
and the All Stars, played there at the old " Stumping Grounds."
Mr. Walton finally stated that during the depression Black
people suffered in many ways: from lack of food, lack of clothes
and medical aid. " After we were in the project, however, a
black doctor would come to the community center to give us med-
Today, of the eleven original families, five are still liv-
ing in the project houses. They areas besides Mr. Alzie Walton,
his brothers, Mr. Roosevelt Walton and Mr. John Walton. The two
others are Mr. Lonzell Beechum and Mr. Henry Gibson. The two re-
maining living members of the Eleven-Hundred club are Mr. Allen
Beechum, who lives in Deberry, and Mr. J. C. Jones, who now
lives in Dallas. The current population of this community, ac-
cording to May Census, is 91.
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