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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 25, 1946

Robert Benham

When Robert Benham was appointed the first African American on the Georgia Supreme Court, it was only one of a long line of firsts.

Benham was born in ...

February 05, 1945

Poll Tax Abolished

The poll tax, a bulwark of the Jim Crow era, was one of many roadblocks thrown up to keep African-Americans from exercising their right to vote.

Al...
January 31, 1944

Thomas Hardwick

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, as we see in the story of former Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick.

Born in Thomasville in 1872, Hardwick served ...
October 04, 1942

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Her most powerful weapon is her voice. It always has been. Bernice Johnson Reagon was born in Albany. The Baptist minister's daughter grew up immers...

November 26, 1941

FDR Establishes Thanksgiving

It can fall on any day between November 22 and 28, depending on the year, but it hasn’t always been the fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving ...
January 14, 1940

Julian Bond

It took the Supreme Court to seat Julian Bond in the Georgia Legislature.

Born in Nashville in 1940, graduated from a Quaker school in Pennsylvania,...
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...
March 03, 1932

Joseph M. Brown

He was the son of a Georgia governor and served two terms as governor himself.

Joseph M. Brown was born in Canton in 1851. His father Joseph E. Brow...
October 11, 1927

Lindbergh Day

He made history when he flew solo across the Atlantic. On this day in 1927, just months after his historic flight, Charles Lindbergh arrived in Atlanta for L...

April 27, 1927

Coretta Scott King

She was the first woman and first African-American to lie in state at the Georgia State Capitol rotunda.

Coretta Scott was born in 1927 in Alabama an...

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