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Marker of the WeekSeparate But Equal? Jekyll Island, Georgia
The Canadian coal-mining disaster that took 75 lives occurred this week in 1958. The governor of Georgia invited a group of 12 rescued miners and their families here for some Southern Hospitality without realizing that one, the one chosen as “Citizen of the Year” in Canada for his heroism, was Black. Maurice Ruddick’s separate accommodations were televised world-wide. Contributing Correspondent Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida, filed this entry earlier this year.
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One of our correspondents has stood in front of each historical marker or monument, taken its picture, and entered its location and other information. An editor has reviewed and approved each entry. For the very few markers without a photograph, their location was carefully researched.
No other national historical marker list can make this claim, and a number of them borrow information from us, some without permission.
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|1 •||Harpers Ferry Drowning Lowndesville, South Carolina|
|2 •||The Sykesville Bypass Bridge Sykesville, Maryland|
|3 •||The Quest for Land Winchester, Kentucky|
|4 •||90 mm M-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun Greenville, South Carolina|
|5 •||Honoring The Lives Los Angeles, California|
|6 •||Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia|
|7 •||Major Gen Carl G. Schneider, USAF (Ret) Mesa, Arizona|
|8 •||Sykesville Sykesville, Maryland|
|9 •||The Stono Rebellion (1739) Rantowles, South Carolina|
|10 •||Indians Poisoned At Peace Meeting West Point, Virginia|
History Happened HereNational and global events all happened somewhere, and historical markers mark
Markers tell stories and point out facts. There is one at the site the northernmost battle of the U.S. Civil War and another at the southernmost point in the United States (can you guess where?). There is one next to a 17th century Japanese stone lantern symbolizing 20th century peace, and another one less than 20 miles away reminding us of the Nike missile sites that were built the same year the lantern was dedicated. They tell of battles, massacres and hangings; of humanitarians, educators, and a beloved stagecoach horse; of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges, roads, and other natural and man-made wonders.
There are countless thousands of great stories marked by markers—and some boring ones too. Some markers simply recite facts while others are insightful, obscure, cryptic, patriotic, fascinating, sad, funny, or just downright bizarre. Many of those markers are on these pages, others are waiting for you to discover and add them to this database.
So hit the road and experience history first-hand yourself. History happened nearby.
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Keep An Eye on Those MarkersEnter your town in the Search by Place search box on the More Search Options (or use the County list) to get a list of markers near where you live and work. Keep an eye out for them when you're out on the road. You would be surprised how many disappear in the course of a year.
To report a missing marker, use the “Correct This Page” link on the marker’s page and scroll down to the “Is Marker Missing?” section. A photo of the stump, hole in the ground, or place where the marker was is necessary for proof. Also, please take a few minutes and inform your local historical society.
Recently Modified Marker Entries
|Oct 20 •||Separate But Equal? Jekyll Island, Georgia|
|•||Settling on Saint Croix Island / Colonisation de l'île Sainte-Croix Calais, Maine|
|•||Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large Calais, Maine|
|•||Burling Defenders McLean, Virginia|
|•||Camp Claiborne Forest Hill, Louisiana|
|•||Caught in a Crossfire Blacksburg, South Carolina|
|•||The Battle of Kings Mountain Monument Blacksburg, South Carolina|
|•||Americans in Redcoats Blacksburg, South Carolina|
|•||President Hoover Blacksburg, South Carolina|
|•||Charging Cold Steel - Three Times Blacksburg, South Carolina|
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