Georgia History

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Maynard Jackson Jr. was an Atlanta legend. As the first black mayor of a major southern city, Jackson pushed for businesses to adopt affirmative action programs, expanded the Atlanta airport to become the international hub it is today and also led the campaign to bring the 1996 Summer Olympics to Georgia.

 

Jackson's life and legacy are the focus of the new documentary, "Maynard," which was executive produced by his daughter-in-law Wendy Jackson and his son Maynard Jackson III.

This week we’re hearing how some descendants are passing along Gullah heritage to the next generation. Patricia West is a writer and professor at Savannah State University. She was inspired to document her family’s roots after discovering her great great-grandmother’s grave on a trip to the family cemetery. 

The Scott-West family is also looking for ways to celebrate their history. Later this week, we will join them at the centuries-old cemetery where their American heritage begins, for a libations ceremony honoring ancestors.

Rachel Parker

A flood devastated Rome, Georgia in 1886. According to local lore the waters rose high enough for a steamboat to float down Broad Street, the town’s main thoroughfare. This event inspired city leaders to elevate the street, and all the buildings along it. Business owners recently opened up their basement doors for people to tour the remains of old Rome. We took the tour, and brought back this audio postcard. 

Georgia Historical Society, which is based in Savannah, is the keeper of stories and documents about the people and events that have shaped our state. Senior Historian Stan Deaton shares the story of the first contentious election for U.S. President and the Georgian who was at the heart of the story.