• Marker Monday: The Landing of Oglethorpe and the Colonists

    In honor of the 2016-2017 Georgia History Festival, “A State of Innovation,” the September #MarkerMonday posts will focus on Georgia historical markers that tell the story of James Edward Oglethorpe and the founding of the colony of Georgia. Over the course of the month, these posts will delve into General Oglethorpe and his innovative approach […]

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  • Marker Monday: James Edward Oglethorpe

    In honor of the 2016-2017 Georgia History Festival, “A State of Innovation,” the September #MarkerMonday posts will focus on Georgia historical markers that tell the story of James Edward Oglethorpe and the founding of the colony of Georgia. Over the course of the month, these posts will delve into General Oglethorpe and his innovative approach […]

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  • Marker Monday: Birthplace of Augusta Chronicle

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the history of the Augusta Chronicle. On August 30, 1785, Greenburg Hughes published Augusta’s first newspaper, the Augusta Gazette, the forerunner to what became the Augusta Chronicle. When Hughes moved to Charleston, South Carolina, the newspaper continued under John Erdman Smith as the Georgia State Gazette or Independent Register. After changing […]

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  • Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Pafford Miller

    Marker Monday: Caroline Pafford Miller

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights a Georgia novelist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Caroline Pafford Miller. Born on August 26, 1903, in Waycross, Miller spent many of her formative years in South Georgia. After graduating from high school, she married her English teacher and moved to Baxley, Georgia. While in Baxley, Miller drew inspiration for […]

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  • Marker Monday: Paul Anderson

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the life and legacy of professional strongman Paul Anderson. Born in Toccoa, Georgia, Anderson overcame Bright’s disease, a chronic inflammation of the kidneys, as a child. He attended Furman University on a football scholarship but resigned during the first year to focus on weightlifting. In 1955, he traveled as a goodwill […]

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  • Marker Monday: Oliver Norvell Hardy, Genius of Comedy

    This week’s #MarkerMonday pays tribute to Oliver Norvell Hardy, of Laurel and Hardy.  Hardy was born in January 1892 in Harlem, Georgia, andGrowing up, Hardy developed a love for singing and performed in local theatres. In 1917, Hardy made the decision to pursue his film career in California. Hardy signed with Hal Roach Studios in […]

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  • Marker Monday: Conrad Aiken

    This week’s #MarkerMonday explores the life of acclaimed writer and Savannah native, Conrad Aiken.  Aiken was born in Savannah on August 5, 1889. Following the tragic deaths of his parents when Aiken was 11 years-old, he moved to New England to live with his aunt. Aiken went on to attend Harvard where he met T.S. […]

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  • Marker Monday: Koinonia Farms

    This week’s #MarkerMonday looks at Koinonia Farm and one of its founders, Clarence Jordan. Jordan was born on July 29, 1912 in Talbotton, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia to study agriculture. After graduating from UGA, Jordan attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and became an ordained Baptist minister. Along with his wife, Florence, […]

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  • Sumter County in the Civil Rights Movement

    Marker Monday: Sumter County in the Civil Rights Movement

    This week’s #MarkerMonday discusses the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia. The Sumter County Movement, led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, challenged segregation from 1963 to 1965. In July 1963, 33 adolescent girls arrested for protesting were incarcerated in a Civil War-era stockade. The girls were held in the stockade without their parent’s knowledge, […]

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  • Marker Monday: Georgia Warm Springs Foundation

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the efforts of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation to treat the crippling disease of polio. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Basil O’ Connor established the Foundation in July 1927. Roosevelt himself suffered from polio beginning in 1921 and became a frequent visitor to the medicinal springs in Warm Springs, Georgia, starting in […]

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