With J.J. Kwashnak
NOT lived with JJ in Georgia for over 10 years. And in that time he visited a lot of random things. In another installment of collected visits, (like the first assorted and second assorted pages) we present a third installment of visits to the Peach State.
Bobby Jones, a native Atlantan, was the most successful amateur golfer to ever compete on the national (and international) level. His grave in Oakland Cemetery is festooned with tribute golf balls.
In Columbus there is a flat, unassuming grave marker for John Pemberton. Pemberton was a 19th century pharmacist and chemist who during the Civil War and after began working to formulate an opium free alternative to morphine. Eventually with tinkering he came across a formula that could be mixed with soda water and gave a pleasant taste and respite from the Georgia heat. He first served this concoction in Columbus and brought it north to Atlanta. His concoction was the base formula that would become Coca Cola.
While it existed for only a bit over 5 years, the Confederate States had a President and Vice President, both of whom had some connection to Georgia. President Jefferson Davis was captured as he fled from Union Forces in Georgia. And a Georgia native served as the ill-fated Vice President - Alexander Stephens who hailed from Crawfordville. After the war he returned to the town and his home - Liberty Hall. It is there that he is buried, the sole Vice President of the Confederacy.
His is one of two statues in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol from the state of Georgia.
During the Civil War era, the capital of Georgia was not in Atlanta (which was then important as a railroad crossing) but in Milledgeville. It was here that the legislature met to approve articles of succession. The old capitol still exists, now incorporated into the Georgia Military College.
And the old Governor's Mansion still stands.
In 1961, Civil Rights action was taking place in Southwest Georgia involving what would be referred to as the Albany movement. During the movement's actions, the city would be visited by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in the course of activity King was arrested, partially for his own safety. But Albany did not want to house him in their jail for fear of security. So instead he was moved up to Sumter County and Americus, thirty five miles up the road. In the Sumter County Courthouse there is a plaque that notes his incarceration in the jail there, just a stone's throw from the infamous Civil War prison in Andersonville.
Where's the Statue of Liberty? Sounds like a no-brainer question, yet there are man others around the country - replicas in all shapes and sizes. In Blue Ridge in north Georgia, lady liberty lifts her (smaller) lamp even though she's nowhere near water or New York harbor.