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

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September 13, 1922

Viola Ross Napier and Bessie Kempton Crowell

It was a giant step forward for Georgia women on this day in 1922.  

Viola Napier of Bibb County and Bessie Kempton Crowell of Fulton County becam...

October 06, 1921

Joseph Lowery

Clashes with the Ku Klux Klan began Joseph Lowery's life long fight for equality.

The man who became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s chief lie...

August 13, 1921

Georgia Women Gain Vote

The women of Georgia finally got the right to vote on this day in 1921 when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed the act that made it official.

The suff...
July 03, 1918

Ernest Vandiver

He was one Southern governor who chose not to stand in the schoolhouse door.

Ernest Vandiver was born in Canon, Georgia, in 1918 and graduated from ...
June 26, 1918

Prohibition - Georgia Ratifies 18th Amendment

Americans may love individual liberties, but there is a social engineering streak in some of us a mile wide—and when reformers can’t persuade, they try to p...
February 08, 1917

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Established

Two things stood between U.S. General William Sherman and Atlanta in the spring of 1864: Kennesaw Mountain and Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s Army of T...
August 17, 1915

Leo Frank Lynching

One of the darkest episodes in Georgia history, the lynching of Leo Frank in Marietta, occurred on this day in 1915. Frank was convicted in 1913 of murdering...

July 28, 1913

Leo Frank Trial

Leo Frank went on trial for his life on this day in 1913.

Frank, a New York Jew, was manager of the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta, accused of r...
March 31, 1911

Alfred Iverson, Jr.

He captured the highest-ranking Union officer taken prisoner during the Civil War.

Alfred Iverson, Jr., was born in 1829 in Clinton, Georgia, in Jon...
August 21, 1907

Georgia's Literacy Test

It was a major blow to the rights of black Georgians. At the same time, a new phrase was born – the Grandfather Clause.

In 1907, Georgia Governor Hoke S...

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