A perfect theme to honor black people on Martin L. King, Jr.’s birthday today. It’s about Chubbtown, the Chubb family and the connection to GSD and Deaf people. Video length: almost 8 minutes ♥️
Adonia: Hello, I’m here in Chubb Town. There are actually two different towns. To the left is Cedartown, where I grew up. To the right is Cave Spring (CS), that’s where Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD) is. It’s not too far off from here. Both towns are in a wide-ranging area that is Chubb Town. What is it so important about Chubb Town? It’s because of many connections Chubb Town has with GSD and the Deaf Community. I’ll share a few things about this. First, a history of Chubb Town which you will find very interesting.
Adonia: Chubb Town is NOT an incorporated city. But it is still known as Chubb Town anyway. Years ago, there was a black hearing family, whose last name was Chubb, who moved down here and settled in 1850s – that was before the Civil War. The Chubb family were freed slaves who fled from North Carolina to a rural town in Georgia. Some may question why they would choose to come to this particular place, since Georgia was still a strong supporter of slavery, but for Chubb family they found no problems living in their new home. They even bought 120 acres for $900 in 1864 to settle. They also established some buildings, including one United Methodist church known as “Chubb Chapel” in 1870. I’ll show you a picture of this church over there in the back in a while.
Adonia: A member of the Chubb family worked at GSD…her name is Louise Chubb and she was an High School English teacher. Other Chubb family members also worked at GSD, too. Fascinating! Another interesting note is that one of younger Chubb generation today, Nick Chubb, became a football star at University of Georgia. He came from around here and also graduated from Cedartown High School along with the other student, my oldest nephew Griffin Whitfield, in 2014! Of course I was there to watch my nephew’s graduation, and it was neat to see Nick Chubb there.
Adonia: Some of the Chubb family also established their own school here in earlier years, particularly by one member named Clemmie Chubb. Later, it was closed and some of them went to Fairview Black school, which is right across the street from Primary Building (PB)! Another thing is that Nick Chubb right now is attending University of Georgia [just learned now that he plays for Cleveland Browns], the same university that John J. Flourney (who proposed to establish GSD) also attended many years ago!
Adonia: Indeed, over the years the Chubb family had been establishing several buildings such as a church, a blacksmith shop, a cotton gin, a cemetery, a meeting lodge, and many more! And interestingly, there are some articles in which Nick Clubb stated that his family had flourished in Chubb Town just fine, they were respected by white people because the Chubb family knew what to do and how to get things done, and as a result, their business had been very successful. That is neat!
Adonia: And this church, Chubb Chapel, had been registered as a National Historic place. They’re still holding worship services in the chapel, with about 45 members so it’s still going strong. Pretty awesome! And now you see there’s many connections, such as Louise Chubb and other teachers and some of the GSD staff who came from the generations of Chubb family!
Adonia: See this church? And look at this beautiful river a short distance from church. And here’s cemetery in this part of Chubb Town. That’s where some of the Chubb family members, the Chubb Brothers, were buried. See their names? And see Nickolus – you can see the younger Nick Chubb is named in honor after him! And look where Clemmie Chubb were buried. (She opened her Chubb private school and taught there. But later the school closed. After it was closed, some Chubb family members went to Fairview Black school instead.) And see the sign post – “Chubb Drive” – the street were named after the Chubb family! That is an important note considering they were freed slaves who fled from North Carolina and moved to Georgia where they were never again be slaves ever. Their business thrived and became successful ever since. Imagine, in Georgia they were never be slaves for anyone! Especially Georgia, who was a pro-slavery state! Neat, isn’t it! Bye!
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