Fitzgerald in Ben Hill County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Colony City
In the early 90’s, devastating droughts had impoverished the farmers of the Mid-West and Georgians had sent trainloads of food to relieve their plight. Impressed, Mr. Fitzgerald conceived his plan and formed the American Tribune Soldiers’ Colony Company (non-profit). Despite offers from neighboring states, the Company chose this site, acquired 50,000 acres of land, and laid out a town.
By December, 5,000 colonists had arrived. The next fall, the schools opened with 501 pupils, the first in Georgia to offer free tuition and texts and a nine-month term. On Dec. 2, 1896, Fitzgerald was incorporated and elected officials took charge.
With principal streets named to honor great leaders of both armies, and with Confederate veterans joining their former enemies in this unique community endeavor, Fitzgerald has symbolized through the years an enduring unity born of that unfailing respect which brave men hold for each other.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 42.891′ N, 83° 15.186′ W. Marker is in Fitzgerald, Georgia, in Ben Hill County. Marker is at the intersection of West Central Avenue (U.S. 319) and North Grant Street (U.S. 129), in the median on West Central Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fitzgerald GA 31750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (here, next to this marker); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 - 1902 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ben Hill County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gen. Bush's Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church Bell (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (approx. 8.4 miles away); Irwin County (approx. 8.5 miles away); Irwinville (approx. 8.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fitzgerald.
Also see . . . Philander H Fitzgerald. Background on City of Fitzgerald web site. (Submitted on February 22, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
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