By Josh Saunders
Eerie images reveal abandoned mansion of a southern civil rights activist who was worshipped as ‘black Jesus’ for his work.
Four-decades on from the death of Dr. John McCown of Hancock County in Georgia, USA, his house remains hauntingly pristine apart from natural decay.
Wallpaper falls from the walls, much of the furniture apart from the odd chair or chest of drawers, and the white outer panels are ensnared with leafy vines.
The two-story plantation was formerly built as plantation for a cotton farmer in 1919, before being sold off twice prior to being owned by McCown.
The civil rights activist who moved to the area in 1967 was the first African-American to hold political office in the highly segregated state.
Initially tasked to boost the 90% African-American populace to register as voters he would successfully campaigning for $8million in funding to develop the county.
But since McCown’s death the location has remained abandoned and unkept apart from neighbours who occasionally mow the lawn.
Abandoned Southeast, an urban explorer, said: “The house is in a very rural area of Georgia and is abandoned, the neighbors occasionally cut the grass but the house has been left to deteriorate.
“It hasn’t been maintained in quite a long time, ivy creeps up the front steps and covers the porch.
“Water damage throughout the home has left the floors soft in many places.
“My favorite thing about this house was the staircase, it is handmade and very ornate, you don’t see that sort of thing in homes nowadays.
“I found the house after passing by it one day going to another explore. I had to come back and check it out.
“It was not difficult to get into since there were broken windows and unlocked doors.
“After I visited the home I began looking up the address to find out who owned it and what the story was.
“I found several sources that confirmed the house was once owned by John McCown, who was a local civil rights leader.
“He is actually buried behind the house in the backyard, a circular row of hedges surrounds his grave.
“The county is one of the poorest in the nation so they don’t really have the funds to keep up the house and attempts to sell it haven’t worked since the closest big city, Atlanta, is about 100 miles away.
“Many of the homes in this area date back to the 1800s and are now abandoned.
“These large antebellum plantations dot the landscape and were mostly left intact during the Civil War.”