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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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May 31, 1971

Jimmy Carter on Cover of Time Magazine

Jimmy Carter first ran for governor in 1966 as a moderate, losing to Lester Maddox. He wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

In 1970, Carter ran a...
February 03, 1969

Ralph McGill

His was a voice of moderation during one of the South’s most racially divisive periods.

Ralph McGill was born in Tennessee in 1898. His sports co...
September 12, 1964

Stone Mountain Carving

On this day in 1964, sculptors began taking a third crack at the Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain, first proposed 50 years earlier by the Unite...

August 23, 1961

Desegregation in Atlanta

When four African Americans came to Atlanta's Bitsy Grant Tennis Center on this day in 1961, they found a sign waiting for them: closed for repairs.

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December 27, 1956

Jackie Robinson

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” The words of baseball great and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, who was born to ...
September 05, 1956

Heart of Atlanta Motel

It was touted as one of the finest hotels between New York and Miami, but its owner refused to rent rooms to black patrons. The Heart of Atlanta Motel, which op...
January 11, 1955

Marvin Griffin

Marvin Griffin ran for governor as a staunch segregationist, but when it came to actually defying federal orders, as he said, “being in jail kind of crimps a ...
July 08, 1941

Hamilton Holmes

He was valedictorian of his high school class but the University of Georgia wouldn’t let him in.

Hamilton Holmes was born in 1941 in Atlanta, the ...
January 10, 1933

Eugene Talmadge

Eugene Talmadge ran for Georgia governor five times. He won four. He served three and was, to put it mildly, quite a character.

Born near Forsyth in...
July 03, 1918

Ernest Vandiver

He was one Southern governor who chose not to stand in the schoolhouse door.

Ernest Vandiver was born in Canon, Georgia, in 1918 and graduated from ...

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