Jake’s Place, Darien

Jake’s Places has been an important cultural center in Darien’s historically black Mentionville neighborhood for decades. Built by Army veteran Jake Mention and his brother Carl, along with Parker Theis, Oren Porter, and Frank Mann. It was a once a stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit and legends like Percy Sledge, The Temptations, Pigmeat Markham, The Main Ingredient, Junior Walker, and Jackie Wilson all played here. The Todd Grant High School also held their proms here for many years.

As of early 2021, this structure has been razed.

1 thought on “Jake’s Place, Darien

  1. Anita Walker Hoffman

    Brian,I have been enjoying your photographs. I just wanted to let you know that if you are still in the area, Midway C. Church is having their yearly service this Sunday at Midway, Ga. (off old highway 17). You are invited to come a be a part of the service in the old church with dinner on the grounds following the service.
    Hope you can come. There are many good photo shoots during this occasion..


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