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People of the New So
People of the New South, Georgia Studies
|Former slave who started the Atlanta Life Insurance Co. in the Auburn Avenue area of Atlanta. His company was worth millions upon his death.
|Started the Rich’s Department store in Atlanta. This became a symbol of Atlanta.
|Gustavas J. Orr
|In 1872, he was appointed as the school commissioner. He built a permanent system of public education in Georgia. Known as the “Father of the Common school system.
|Joel Chandler Harris
|Creator of the fictional storyteller “Uncle Remus” These stories were based on African Folklore brought to America by slaves. Also wrote for the Atlanta Journal Constitution & knew Henry Grady
|Discovered a headache remedy – called it Coca-Cola. Remedy was sold in drug stores to cure a headache. Later becomes the Coca-Cola CO.
|Began a school near Rome, GA allowing underprivileged children to work for an education. Berry College, founded in 1926, follows the same tradition today.
|Dr. John Hope
|President of Morehouse College and later Atlanta University.
|One of the most important New South figures. Was the editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution Traveled to the North to urge them to invest in the South.
|Booker T. Washington
|Established Tuskegee Institute Stressed technical training and agriculture Told blacks to accept social segregation, learn a skill, eventually equality would come.
|First African American to earn a PHD from Harvard. Niagara movement- 1st national effort to end Jim Crow laws. Co-founded the NAACP, which worked for racial equality.
|Jewish factory owner is tried for the murder of a 14 year old girl. Convicted although evidence was circumstantial Convicted to hang, but sentence was reduced to life. Mob lynched him.
|Rebecca Latimer Felton
|First Female Senator - Senator Tom Watson Died and Gov. Hardwick appointed Felton to take his seat temporarily. She only served two days.
|Lugenia Burns Hope
|Started the Neighborhood Union, YWCA, and other organizations which helped improve lives of black Georgians. Also worked with the NAACP
|Juliette Gordon Lowe
|Started the Girl Scouts of American in Savannah in 1912.