“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Dougherty County Georgia Historical Markers

Albany Home of Governor George D. Busbee image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, May 5, 2018
Albany Home of Governor George D. Busbee
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 47-3 — Albany Home of Governor George D. Busbee
Governor George Busbee (1927-2004) and his family lived in this ranch style home (c.1956) from 1962 until 1983. Busbee launched his underdog campaign from this residence in 1974 to become Georgia’s 77th governor with the slogan, “Elect a . . . — Map (db m117147) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — Albany Lights1889
On February 9, 1889, the first electric lights brightened Broad and Washington Street in Albany. The City had the first Edison municipal incandescent system ever erected in the South, making Albany famous and attracting tourists from throughout the . . . — Map (db m117163) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 047-3 — Albany’s First Brick House
Built of brick hauled from Macon by wagon, this house was completed in 1860 by Congressman William E. (Tete) Smith for his bride, Caroline Williams Smith. The interior trim and mahogany stair rail came from New York; the furnishings were imported . . . — Map (db m40531) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — C.B. (Chevene Bowers) Kingb. Albany, Georgia October 12, 1923; d. March 15, 1988
C.B. King dreamed of becoming a lawyer. He had served in the United States Navy and graduated from Fisk University. Because there was no law school for Blacks in segregated Georgia, he earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law . . . — Map (db m117200) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 047-4 — Colonel Nelson Tift
Nelson Tift, founder of the City of Albany, was born at Groton, Conn., July 23, 1810. In 1833 he established a mercantile business in Augusta, Georgia. After a sojourn in Hawkinsville he moved to Albany, then in Baker County, in 1836. . . . — Map (db m40796) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — Cox Landing Park
In memory of Albany native Private Henry Cleve Cox, Jr., 2nd Infantry Division – Medical Corps, killed in action, August 25, 1944, during the Battle for Brest, France. Prior to his death, he was recognized for . . . — Map (db m40799) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 047-5 — De Soto in Georgia
In May 1539, Hernando de Soto landed in Florida with over 600 people, 220 horses and mules, and a herd of swine reserved for famine. Fired by his success in Pizarro’s conquest of Peru, De Soto had been granted the rights, by the King of Spain, to . . . — Map (db m117143) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 047-1 — Dougherty County
This County, created by Act of the Legislature December 15, 1853, is named for Charles Dougherty of Athens, noted ante-bellum lawyer and jurist and strong advocate of states rights. In the Creek War in 1836 the Indians were driven out at the Battle . . . — Map (db m40792) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 47-4 — Edward Vason Jones
Edward Vason Jones, born in Albany on August 3, 1909, was a nationally recognized 20th-century classical architect and designer. Originally a student of dentistry at Northwestern University, Jones was a self-taught architect and began his career at . . . — Map (db m117124) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 47-5 — Freedom Alley and City Hall
During the Albany Movement (1961-1963), as part of the Civil Rights Movement, the area here bordering the former Albany City Hall and jail became known as Freedom Alley. Located at what is now the Central Square Government Complex, the location . . . — Map (db m117127) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 47-2 — Georgia Civil Rights Trail: The Albany Movement
The Albany Movement began here, at Shiloh Baptist Church, in November 1961. A coalition of black improvement associations and student activists from SNCC and Albany State College, the protest group set an unprecedented goal: the desegregation of an . . . — Map (db m117148) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 47-1 — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital began operation on July 31, 1911, as one of the first public hospitals in the region. Judge Francis Flagg Putney made the founding donation of $25,000, though other money and goods were donated by both white and black . . . — Map (db m117145) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — Ray Charles1930-2004
Ray Charles was a pioneering musician who shaped the sound of Rhythm and Blues. Born in Albany, Georgia, Charles was blind by age six. He later became known as one of the wolds's most loved entertainers and called "The Genius of Soul" for his . . . — Map (db m108090) HM
Georgia (Dougherty County), Albany — 047-2 — The Bridge House
Here, at the site of an early ferry over the Flint River, Col. Nelson Tift, owner of bridge and ferry rights and the founder of Albany, had a toll bridge constructed by a well known bridge builder, a freed slave named Horace of Columbus. At the same . . . — Map (db m40798) HM

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May. 26, 2020