• Marker Monday: Camp Conrad

    This week’s #MarkerMonday commemorates the beginning of the Spanish-American War on April 25, 1898. The conflict found its roots in American support for Cuba’s rebellion against Spain. After the American battleship USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, “Remember the Maine” became a rallying cry for Americans. Georgia had over 25 training camps during the war, including Camp […]

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  • The Georgia Navy

    Marker Monday: The Georgia Navy

    This week’s #MarkerMonday shines a light on Georgia’s early naval history.  During the American Revolution, eleven of the thirteen colonies create state navies. While the size of each navy varied, they shared a common goal to defend the American coast from the British Royal Navy, smugglers, privateers, and pirates. Having been given funds by the Continental […]

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  • Birthplace of Eighth Air Force

    Marker Monday: Birthplace of the Eighth Air Force

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the Birthplace of the Eighth Air Force. On Jan. 28, 1942, the Eighth Air Force was activated in Savannah, Georgia. Soon after, the unit moved overseas to England. They became best-known for flying daylight bombing missions over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, focusing on military-supporting industries. These raids combined with […]

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  • Marker Monday: Birthplace of John C. Fremont

    Today’s #MarkerMonday highlights John C. Fremont, accomplished explorer, military leader, and politician. He was born on this week (Jan. 21st) in 1813 in Savannah, Georgia. He and his family moved around the South while he was young, eventually settling in Charleston, South Carolina. Fremont is best known for leader successful expeditions of the American West […]

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  • Gov. John M. Slaton historical marker

    Marker Monday: Gov. John M. Slaton

    Today’s #MarkerMonday recognizes Governor John M. Slaton, who passed away on this day in 1955. Born in Meriwether County on Christmas Day in 1866, Slaton attended the University of Georgia and became and lawyer in Atlanta. He later served in both houses of the Georgia legislature, and was Speaker of the House for four years […]

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  • General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves

    Marker Monday: General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves

    Today’s #MarkerMonday recognizes General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves. On Jan. 2, 1864, during the Battles for Atlanta, Major General Patrick Cleburne issued a proposal to the Army of the Tennessee that suggested the Confederates arm slaves in exchange for their freedom. By that point, the South’s forces had dwindled significantly and the Confederacy was […]

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  • Grave of General Wiley Thompson Marker

    Marker Monday: Grave of General Wiley Thompson

    Today’s #MarkerMonday highlights General Wiley Thompson, who passed away on this day in 1835. Although originally born in Virginia, Thompson moved to Elberton, Georgia when he was a young man. He became commissioner of Elbert Academy in 1808, and went on to have a successful political and military career. He was elected to the state […]

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  • 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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