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

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August 08, 1899

William Yates Atkinson

Not many governors had to prove their courage by facing down a lynch mob. William Yates Atkinson did. The two-term governor was one of Georgia’s most progress...
April 28, 1894

Young Harris College

His namesake college in north Georgia is small. Its effect has been anything but.

Young Loftin Harris was born in Elbert County around 1812. He beca...
September 24, 1889

Agnes Scott College

Its beautiful campus has hosted more than 20 movies and TV shows. It opened in 1889 as the Decatur Female Seminary. As Agnes Scott College, it's become a...

October 13, 1885

Georgia Tech Founded

A Ramblin’ Wreck is more than just a snappy nickname for Georgia Tech. It speaks to the very reason the school was created in the first place.

To...

February 15, 1877

Thornwell Jacobs

General James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia, but his grave had been lost in England until it was found by the man who also re-founded Oglethorpe Univ...
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 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 ...
October 07, 1866

Martha Berry

Martha Berry dedicated her life to education but had only one year of formal schooling herself. 

Berry was born in Alabama and moved to Rome, Geor...

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...
April 13, 1854

Lucy Craft Laney

To be African-American and born during slavery didn’t necessarily mean you were a slave. Lucy Craft Laney was born in 1854, but her father had purchased freed...

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