Historic Markers Across Georgia

McKelvey—Powell Building

Marker ID: GHS 25-23
Location: West Broad Street / Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 4.134    W 081° 6.085
  32.055633    -81.09923
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMKBFR
McKelvey—Powell Building Marker  


The McKelvey-Powell Building was originally constructed in 1926. The building was a hub of African-American business and social life in Savannah during the era of segregation in the first half of the twentieth century. Throughout the 1930s the McKelvey-Powell Building was a popular venue for both local music talent and nationally recognized performers. During World War II the building housed a USO center for black soldiers. Afterward, the West Broad Street YMCA operated in the building until the 1960s. It was later renovated, and dedicated in August 2003 as a community resource center under the guidance of Pastor Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr. and the Connor´s Temple Baptist Church congregation.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and
2005.10             Conner's Temple Baptist Church             25-23


McKelvey—Powell Building