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

nineteenth century

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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...
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 ...
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...

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 ...
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...

December 22, 1864

Sherman in Savannah

"I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton." T...
November 15, 1864

March To The Sea

It was one of the most audacious military movements in history—and one of the most controversial.

U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman captured...

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