Historical Marker Dedication: Armstrong State University

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019
2:00 pm

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.

Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus
Historic Quad Fountain behind Burnett Hall
Savannah, GA

Please join the Georgia Historical Society on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., as we dedicate a new historical marker commemorating the history of Armstrong State University. The historical marker covers Armstrong’s history from its beginnings as a two-year college through its recent consolidation with Georgia Southern University.

The Georgia Historical Society erects the Armstrong State University historical marker with support from the Waters Foundation, Inc. and Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. Parking will be available along Burnett Boulevard and Arts Drive.

The marker reads:

Armstrong State University

Armstrong Junior College was founded in 1935 by Savannah Mayor Thomas Gamble as a two-year college. It held classes in the donated former home of businessman George Armstrong, adjacent to Forsyth Park. In 1959, through the leadership of President Foreman Hawes and alumnus Frank Cheatham, Armstrong became part of the University System of Georgia. To accommodate Armstrong’s growth, in 1962 the Mills B. Lane Foundation and Donald Livingston donated 250 acres on Savannah’s southside for a new campus that opened in 1966. In 1963 future Savannah mayor Otis Johnson became the first African American to attend Armstrong, graduating the next year with an associates degree as the College received four-year status from the Board of Regents. In 1996 the college attained university status. The Regents consolidated Armstrong and Georgia Southern University in 2017 to better serve the needs of students in southeast Georgia.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Waters Foundation, Inc., and Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc.