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Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
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William Makepeace Thackeray

 
 
William Makepeace Thackeray Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. William Makepeace Thackeray Marker
Inscription.  In the "Masonic Hall" on this site, the British author lectured (Feb. 11-12, 1856), as guest of The Young Men's Library Assn. He wrote home: "Nice quaint old town Augusta, rambling great street 2 miles long, doctors and shopkeepers the society of the place, the latter far more independent and gentlemanlike than our folks, much pleasanter to be with than the daring go ahead northern people. Slavery no where repulsive, the black faces invariably happy and plump, the white ones eager and hard. I brought away 60 Guineas for 2 hours talking, a snug little purse from snug little Augusta."
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 121-8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicFraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 33° 28.497′ 
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N, 81° 57.897′ W. Marker was in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker was on Broad Street (Georgia Route 28) near 8th Street, on the right when traveling east. In front of the Richmond Hotel. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Rotary Club of Augusta (a few steps from this marker); Augusta Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Site in Journalism (within shouting distance of this marker); Emily Harvie Thomas Tubman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Edward Oglethorpe (about 500 feet away); James Brown (Plaza) (about 500 feet away); General James Edward Oglethorpe (about 600 feet away); Untitled (Georgia Railroad and Banking Company) (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for William Thackeray. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society. (Submitted on August 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
William Makepeace Thackeray Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. William Makepeace Thackeray Marker
 

2. Appears marker has been replaced with reworded content. Old marker pole location is on right, against the wall. New marker is blue in color and along sidewalk. Google Streetview per Google permissions. (Submitted on August 14, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Marker removed.
This marker was removed in the summer of 2013 due to a single complaint of Thackeray’s quote shown on the marker. In this age of PC, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources removed the marker and reworded it by removing the quote. The reworded marker is in storage awaiting reinstallation as of this date.
    — Submitted November 14, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
William Makepeace Thackeray Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. William Makepeace Thackeray Marker
William Makepeace Thackeray image. Click for full size.
4. William Makepeace Thackeray
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,653 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of replaced marker. • Can you help?

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