Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans (1872-1953)

Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans (1872-1953)

A native of southwest Virginia, Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans was one of the first women to serve on the board of directors of a major American corporation, the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company. One of the country's most generous philanthropists, she also set up charitable foundations to share her family's vast fortune with others.
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Henry Rutherford Butler (1862-1931)

Henry Rutherford Butler (1862-1931)

Henry Rutherford Butler, a respected physician and pharmacist with offices on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, was a pioneer in medicine and healthcare for African Americans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was married to Selena Sloan Butler, a prominent teacher and education advocate in Atlanta.
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Henry L. Benning (1814-1875)

Henry L. Benning (1814-1875)

Henry L. Benning was a jurist who became associate justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia in the 1850s. He then became a vocal advocate for secession and earned the rank of brigadier general during the Civil War (1861-65). Fort Benning, near Columbus, is named for him.
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Fort Daniel

Fort Daniel

Fort Daniel, located on Hog Mountain in Gwinnett County, near the head of the Apalachee River, was one of several small frontier forts or "stations" built in northwest Georgia during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. These forts were established during the settlement of the state's western territories because of frequent conflicts between white settlers and the region's Indians.
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Atlanta Colored Music Festival Association

Atlanta Colored Music Festival Association

The Atlanta Colored Music Festival Association, founded by African American Congregational minister Henry Hugh Proctor, presented a concert in 1910 remarkable not only for the quality of its program but also for its audience, blacks and whites seated separately but under one roof in Atlanta. Subsequent annual concerts continued until about 1918.
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Jane Hurt Yarn (1924-1995)

Jane Hurt Yarn (1924-1995)

Jane Hurt Yarn was a pioneering conservationist and environmentalist who single-handedly helped save thousands of acres of wild land in Georgia and around the nation. According to Georgia governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller, "No other single individual has done as much for conservation in Georgia as Jane Yarn."
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Gene Patterson (1923-2013)

Gene Patterson (1923-2013)

Gene Patterson, an influential editor of the Atlanta Constitution, was known for his thundering daily columns in defense of civil rights and against the violence sweeping the South in the 1960s. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1967, and in 1985 he founded Georgia Trend, a monthly business magazine.
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U-boat Attacks during World War II

U-boat Attacks during World War II

Georgia's closest brush with actual combat operations in World War II (1941-45) occurred when American air and naval forces battled prowling German U-boats along the state's Atlantic coastline. In 1941 Germans sank five Allied merchant ships off Georgia shores. By late 1943, however, Georgia's coastal defenses had grown so formidable that German submarines no longer entered the state's waters.
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Paula Deen (b. 1947)

Paula Deen (b. 1947)

Paula Deen is a Savannah-based restaurateur, author, and television personality. Her restaurant The Lady and Sons is a popular tourist destination in Savannah and features her trademark southern home cooking.
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Alton Brown (b. 1962)

Alton Brown (b. 1962)

The television personality, author, and director Alton Brown, who was raised in White County, has helped to change the character of food television and cooking instruction in the United States. His innovative approach to cooking and teaching mixes elements of chemistry, anthropology, and history with popular culture and humor.
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