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

Civic Ideals and Practices

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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...

July 16, 1963

Carl Vinson

Carl Vinson believed public service was an honorable profession, and by the time he retired, he had served in Congress longer than anyone in history.

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November 25, 1961

Albany Movement

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. considered it one of his few failures.

The Albany Movement in the early 1960s had a simple but formidable objective: th...
October 12, 1958

Temple Bombing

In the early morning hours of this day in 1958, 50 sticks of dynamite exploded at the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, Atlanta's oldest and most prominent...

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...
February 13, 1956

Georgia Flag Change

It was not a flag that all Georgians could rally around. On this date in 1956, Governor Marvin Griffin signed legislation to change the Georgia flag to one that...
February 06, 1956

Massive Resistance

The white South’s opposition to court-ordered desegregation in the 1950s was known as "Massive Resistance," and while Georgia’s reaction wasn’t as violent...
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 ...
November 17, 1948

Three Governors Controversy

It was one of the most bizarre political episodes in American history. For a brief period of time in 1947, Georgia had three governors.

Eugene Talma...
March 11, 1948

Roy Barnes

He was Georgia’s 80th governor and the only one to win a Profile in Courage award. Roy Barnes was born in Mableton in 1948 and at age 26 won a seat in the Geo...

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