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

19th Century

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September 19, 1868

The Camilla Massacre

Long before “bloody Sunday” in Selma, Georgia had a much bloodier civil rights event – the Camilla Massacre. On this day in 1868, during Re...

June 02, 1868

John Hope

Morehouse College and Atlanta University each once had a white president. John Hope changed that.

Hope was born in Augusta in 1868 to a white father...
February 23, 1868

W.E.B. Du Bois

He was one of the most influential black leaders of the 20th century, and he taught in Atlanta for almost 25 years.

W.E.B. Du Bois was born in Massac...
February 18, 1868

Ina Dillard Russell

She was known as “Mother Russell,” the wife of the state’s chief justice and the mother of a U.S. Senator.

Ina Dillard was born in Oglethorpe ...
August 01, 1866

John Ross

He was known as the Cherokee Moses, the man who fought against the removal of Cherokee Indians from north Georgia.

Though Chief John Ross was only o...
May 29, 1866

General Winfield Scott

When the Cherokees were removed from Georgia along the infamous Trail Of Tears, the man in charge was General Winfield Scott. The man known as old “Fuss and ...
September 26, 1865

Archibald Butt

Three Georgians died on the Titanic. One of them was Archibald Butt.  He was born in Augusta on this day in 1865.

Archie Butt became a jo...

September 21, 1863

Clark Howell

The man who helped Henry Grady promote Atlanta as the heart of the “New South” was born in South Carolina. 

Georgia newspaper editor C...

June 28, 1863

W.C. Bradley

His companies, and the money they made, impact Georgia to this day.

William Clark Bradley was born in 1863 on an Alabama cotton plantation. He moved...
June 06, 1861

Joseph Terrell

He was known as Georgia’s education governor, though he never attended college himself.

Joseph Terrell was born in Meriwether County in 1861 and b...

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