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Georgia Historical Society Headlines for March 2023

Presenting the 2023 Georgia Trustees

At the upcoming Trustees Gala, the Georgia Historical Society and leaders from across the state will commemorate the founding of Georgia by honoring the lives and legacies of Dan Amos, Chairman and CEO of Aflac Incorporated, and Donna Hyland, President and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the noble principle they represent, Non Sibi, Sed Aliis, “Not for Self, but for Others.”

A small number of seats to the 2023 Trustees Gala have recently been made available. To inquire about purchasing seats to this event, please contact Ashley Rainge-Shields at 912.651.2125 ext. 116. Visit the Georgia History Festival website to learn more about the 2023 Georgia Trustees.


GHS Dedicates New Markers Recognizing Frank Yerby and Richmond D. Hill

GHS dedicated a new Civil Rights Trail historical marker recognizing “Richmond D. Hill: Georgia’s First Black Mayor” on Saturday, March 25, in Greenville, Georgia. The marker was erected in partnership with the Odessadale Preservation Committee and the City of Greenville and focuses on the life and legacy of Richmond D. Hill, who educated, organized, and registered rural African-American voters after the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. He later became the first African American to be elected mayor of a municipality in Georgia.

Explore the “Frank Garvin Yerby” and the “Richmond D. Hill” historical markers in the Georgia Historical Marker Program online database.



Dr. Bennett Parten Named New Georgia Historical Quarterly Book Review Editor

Bennett Parten, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Southern University, has been named the new book review editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly. His research interests include the 19th Century US, the politics of slavery, abolition, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Dr. Parten received his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he studied under David Blight. He also has a B.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.A. from Clemson University. His recent publications include, “Somewhere Toward Freedom: Sherman’s March and Georgia’s Refugee Slaves,” Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. CI, No. 2 (2017) 115-146; and “Blow Ye Trumpet, Blow: The Idea of Jubilee in Slavery and Freedom,” Journal of the Civil War Era, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Sept. 2020), 298-318.

The Georgia Historical Quarterly is one of the premier state historical journals in the United States, published quarterly by the Georgia Historical Society. The Quarterly features the finest scholarly articles on Georgia history, book reviews covering all aspects of southern and Georgia history, edited primary sources, oral histories, and essays by and about contemporary history-makers.

To learn more about GHQ, visit our website.



GHS Leads Teacher Training Sessions at Atlanta Public Schools Professional Development Day

On Monday, March 20, 2023, GHS education staff participated in a professional development day with Atlanta Public Schools (APS), delivering two training sessions to eighth grade Georgia Studies teachers from across the district. Part of an ongoing project with the APS school district throughout the 2022-2023 school year, this program was the third installment in a series of training opportunities. Through the program, GHS education staff taught educators how to utilize the informational texts of the Georgia Historical Marker Program paired with primary source materials from GHS collections to better teach Georgia and American history.

During Monday’s session teachers learned how to write historical marker texts by conducting historical research focusing on the impact of W. E. B. Du Bois. Du Bois spent a quarter of his life in Atlanta as an educator, social activist, historian, and writer, working to address the issues of racial discrimination and economic disparity for Black Americans throughout the twentieth century.



GHS Awards Georgia Day Student Art Contest Winners

Photo 1: GHS Education Manager Lisa Landers recognized award recipients Kaylee Williams and MaKayla McCranie from General Ray Davis Middle School at the Capitol Art Show on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Atlanta.
Photo 2: GHS Membership and Outreach Coordinator Kristin Singleton recognizing awardee Aarav Dharmaraj from New Hampstead K-8 School in Pooler. Photo by New Hampstead K-8 School (right).

This month GHS education staff made special presentations to recognize the overall winners in the elementary and middle school categories for the Georgia Day Student Art Contest. The overall winner for the elementary category is Aarav Dharmaraj from New Hampstead K-8 School in Savannah-Chatham County and the overall winner for the middle school category is Kaylee Williams from General Ray Davis Middle School in Rockdale County. Overall winners receive an award of brand-new art supplies and are featured on GHS social media.

In this year’s Georgia Day Student Art Contest students were challenged to create artwork based on the theme, “Made in Georgia,” illustrating how perseverance and progress during a time of great change in Georgia helped generate products, industries, and entrepreneurs during Reconstruction and the late 19th century and how they continue to impact us today.

See the student artwork and winners in all categories on the Georgia History Festival blog.



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