• Marker Monday: Wesleyan College, World’s First College Chartered to Grant Degrees to Women

    Today’s #MarkerMonday highlights Wesleyan College – the first college to grant degrees to women. In 1835, a group of businessmen in Macon, Georgia gathered to discuss the creation of a local all-women’s college. The city proceeded to raise $9,000 for the construction of the school. At the time, developing religious ideals associated with the Second […]

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  • Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar Marker

    Marker Monday: Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar

    Today’s #MarkerMonday highlights Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar – an accomplished statesman, soldier, and writer. The Louisville, Georgia native passed away during this week (Dec. 19) in 1859. Lamar opened a printing shop in 1828, which produced the first issue of the Columbus Enquirer on May 19 that year. Five years later, Lamar moved to Texas, where […]

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  • Villa Rica Explosion Marker

    Marker Monday: Villa Rica Explosion

    Today’s #MarkerMonday highlights the tragic Villa Rica Explosion, which occurred on December 5, 1957. At approximately 11:00 AM that morning, a natural gas leak under Berry’s Pharmacy resulted in a devastating explosion. The impact destroyed multiple buildings and damaged several others in Villa Rica’s downtown district. Twelve people lost their lives and twenty more were […]

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  • Joseph Emerson Brown Marker

    Marker Monday: Joseph Emerson Brown

    Today’s #MarkerMonday recognizes one of Georgia’s most successful statesmen, Joseph Emerson Brown, who passed away on this day in 1894.  Although born in South Carolina, Brown grew up in the North Georgia Mountains. After attending preparatory schools and Yale Law School for one year, he served in the state senate and was elected a state […]

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  • Fort Morris

    Marker Monday: Fort Morris

    Today’s #MarkerMonday highlights Fort Morris, a military installation constructed in Liberty County at the beginning of the American Revolution, named in honor of Captain Thomas Morris – the commander in charge of the first artillery unit to occupy the garrison. On November 25, 1778, the British demanded that the American forces surrender the institution immediately. […]

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  • Marker Monday: Johnny Mercer

    Today’s #MarkerMonday is dedicated to music industry icon Johnny Mercer. The Savannah native was born on this week (Nov. 18th) in 1909. Growing up, Mercer was heavily influenced by jazz and African-American musicians like Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey. In the 1920s he moved to New York to pursue a career in entertainment. He soon […]

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  • Marker Monday: The Burning and Destruction of Atlanta

    This week’s #MarkerMonday commemorates the 151st anniversary of the burning and destruction of Atlanta. After the city surrendered in September, General William T. Sherman ordered that all facilities capable of offering military support to the Confederacy be destroyed before he left on his infamous March to the Sea. On Nov. 11, 1864, U.S. forces began […]

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  • Margaret Mitchell Marker

    Marker Monday: Margaret Mitchell

    Today’s #MarkerMonday is dedicated to accomplished Georgia writer Margaret Mitchell, who was born this week (November 8th) in 1900. She is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of one of the most successful novels of all time, Gone With the Wind. Mitchell spent her entire life in Atlanta, and began writing the popular novel in 1926 […]

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    Marker Monday: Governor John Houston

    In honor of the 240th Anniversary of the conclusion of the First Continental Congress, today’s #MarkerMonday is dedicated to one the representatives from Georgia, John Houstoun. He was born near Waynesboro, GA in 1744 and later became an attorney in Savannah before entering the political arena. In 1774, he was elected as one of Georgia’s […]

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  • Forsyth Park Marker

    Marker Monday: Forsyth Park

    In recognition of one of Georgia’s most successful statesmen, today’s #MarkerMonday is dedicated John Forsyth and one of his most famous legacies, Forsyth Park in Savannah. The park was originally made possible by William Hodgson, who donated ten acres for its creation in the 1840s. Forsyth donated an additional twenty acres for the park in […]

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