Eatonton, Georgia: Nuwaubian Pyramids of Georgia (Gone)
- Was on highway 142 between Covington and Eatonton
- Gone - bulldozed.
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The Nation of Nuwaubia is gone. It's been bulldozed down to the bare earth. The U.S. goverment -- which seized the place in a criminal forfeiture action -- sold it in Spring 2005 to a local developer. He in turn demolished all the buildings, statues and monuments. The University of Georgia press is publishing a book about Nuwaubia. It is set to appear in late 2006/early 2007.[A. Scott, 05/13/2006]
It's pretty beaten down right now, with "No Trespassing - US Marshalls" signs, the grass is all pretty long, no one is there. I read it was raided because of York's molestation charges a year ago. Still a fairly cool site to gawk at if you have the time.[James Thomas, 05/31/2005]
There's a true roadside wonder alongside highway 142 between Covington and Eatonton, GA, just inside the Putnam County line, about sixty miles southeast of Atlanta. It is the headquarters of the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a property devoted to the teachings of one Malaki Zodok York-el. York, who calls himself the Grandmaster, claims he's from a planet called Rizq. Despite evidence to the contrary, his followers deny their group is a cult.
Whatever it is, these folks have constructed several buildings and shrines in ancient Egyptian style -- at least two pyramids, several multi-headed statues and other large, colorful, decorative items. From atop one of the pyramids, a constant "ummmmm" is broadcast from loudspeakers, to the bemusement of dairy farmers on adjoining properties.
It's quite a sight, and quite a story-- and the source of more than a bit of controversy in Putnam County. There's a guard at the gate, though members claim the place is open to the public. They have an open-house every summer -- late June, I believe -- in honor of the birthday of the Grandmaster. But it's well worth seeing as a drive-by attraction.[D. Richards, 10/03/1999]
Update - March 2004: Nuwaubian leader Malachi York, 58, was convicted in January of child molesting and racketeering. He appears to be going away for a very long time.
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