Built by M. C. Smith and W. T. Lucas in 1952, this relative latecomer to our historic downtown served as an important community center for Sandersville’s African-Americans during segregation. This building boasted a dance floor in its upper floors where locals enjoyed the musical talents of both local artists as well as more famous acts, including Little Richard. Later, it was transformed into retail stores, including the African-American arm of the County Extension Office, a dentist office, several restaurants, and a group of apartments. Gordy’s Barber Shop, however, has remained a continuing business since the building’s completion. The Gordy family, relatives of songwriter and founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy, Jr., continue to provide cuts and conversations for residents of Washington County.