Nuwaubian Broad Street building on
Athens Banner-Herald/December 15, 2001
By Janis Reid
Construction on the building on West Broad Street intended
for a United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors lodge may be be
lagging or even on hold according to sources close to the
The quasi-religious sect has operated a compound in the
Putnam County town of Eatonton since 1993 and combines
elements of black empowerment, biblical themes, Egyptian
polytheism and alien visitation. The Broad Street property
was deeded to Nuwaubian Nation founder Malachi Z. York on
March 31, 2000.
While the building was originally intended as a Nuwaubian
meeting lodge, a renovation permit listing the intended use
as a bookstore was issued for the 6,000-square-foot building
in April of this year.
Athens-Clarke County building inspectors have not received a
request for required interim inspections of electrical,
plumbing and other systems at the 815 W. Broad St. location
since Oct. 8, according to Ken Hix, director of the county's
building inspections department.
It is not unusual for a building project to go two months
without an inspection, Hix said, suggesting that
construction delays might account for the lack of inspection
If no work is done on a construction project for six months
-- a rare occurrence, Hix said -- inspectors have the option
to hold an administrative hearing to discontinue the
According to county records, the project is being handled by
Macon-based construction company, Nu-waubian General
A man working for the contracting company said Friday that
the project was on hold because the Nuwaubians are focusing
on new projects in Macon.
Those projects include the purchase of the Al Sihah Shrine
Temple in Macon, according to Thomas Chism, a member of the
Nuwaubian group and owner of All Eyes on Egypt, an Atlanta
Highway bookstore and gift shop.
Some members of the Nuwabian group have organized as the Al
Mahdi Shrine Temple. Chism said the Nuwaubians and the Al
Mahdi Shrine Temple are not affiliated.
The Macon Telegraph reported in May that $25,000 in earnest
money had been paid to the Al Sihah Shriners for the
71-year-old temple building and two parking lots included in
the property. Whether the purchase has been finalized could
not be established Friday.
Chism said despite the group's projects in Macon,
construction is on schedule for the Broad Street building.
He said work has focused on the interior of the building and
he expects construction to be complete in the first months
of 2002. Chism said he will be moving his bookstore to the
Broad Street location.