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

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January 30, 1882

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York on this day in 1882, but perhaps no other president besides Jimmy Carter had such strong Georgia ties....
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...
January 16, 1871

Jefferson Franklin Long

Georgia’s first African-American congressman was born a slave.

Jefferson Franklin Long was born in Alabama in 1836. His master sold him to a man i...
November 24, 1868

Robert Abbott

A Georgia native founded the most influential black newspaper of the 20th century.

Robert Sengstacke Abbott was born on St. Simon’s island in 1868...
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...
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...

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...
December 18, 1865

Thirteenth Amendment

The words slavery and slave were never mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, until Georgia ratified the 13th Amendment and officially abolished slavery in the Uni...
November 10, 1865

Henry Wirz

He is the only person in the United States ever to be executed for war crimes.

Hartmann Heinrich Wirz –“Henry”—was born in Switzerland in ...

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