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Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia

 
 
The Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia — Marker I image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
1. The Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia — Marker I
Inscription.  Vonalbade Gammon (b. 1879), a Rome native, entered UGA in 1896. He quarterbacked UGA's undefeated team coached by Glenn “Pop” Warner, and played against Auburn coached by John Heisman, on October 30, 1897. In a game with UVa, Von crashed the line behind tackle. Rendered unconscious, he died at Grady Hospital the following day. In November Georgia lawmakers banned football.
Von Gammon is buried in Rome's historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery

The Woman who Saved Football in Georgia
Rosalind Burns Gammon did not believe her son died in vain and did not want the game of football to come to an end. In a letter to Rep. James D. Nevin, she wrote “grant me the right to request that my boy's death should not be used to defeat the game that was the most cherished object of his life.” Gov. Wm. Y. Atkinson read the letter and vetoed the bill. A plaque was given by UVa to UGA to commemorate them both. “A Mother's strength prevailed.”
The Bowie-Gammon home is located on East Third Avenue

 
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The Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia — Marker II image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
2. The Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia — Marker II
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lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSportsWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1897.
 
Location. 34° 15.267′ N, 85° 10.296′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Broad Street and East 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. The markers are etched in the sidewalk at the southeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rome GA 30161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Opera Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellen Axson Wilson (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Floyd County (about 600 feet away); The Old Town Clock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Town Clock Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Floyd County World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Carnegie Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Spanish-American War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
Also see . . .  The Tragedy of Von Gammon. From the University of Georgia Libraries. (Submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
The Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
3. The Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia Markers
Richard Von Albade Gammon image. Click for full size.
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4. Richard Von Albade Gammon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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