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Historical Markers in Americus, Georgia

 
Clickable Map of Sumter County, Georgia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Sumter County, GA (60) Crisp County, GA (21) Dooly County, GA (4) Lee County, GA (4) Macon County, GA (55) Marion County, GA (6) Schley County, GA (16) Terrell County, GA (10) Webster County, GA (5)  SumterCounty(60) Sumter County (60)  CrispCounty(21) Crisp County (21)  DoolyCounty(4) Dooly County (4)  LeeCounty(4) Lee County (4)  MaconCounty(55) Macon County (55)  MarionCounty(6) Marion County (6)  SchleyCounty(16) Schley County (16)  TerrellCounty(10) Terrell County (10)  WebsterCounty(5) Webster County (5)
Americus is in Sumter County
      Sumter County (60)  
      Crisp County (21)  
      Dooly County (4)  
      Lee County (4)  
      Macon County (55)  
      Marion County (6)  
      Schley County (16)  
      Terrell County (10)  
      Webster County (5)  
 
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1Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-2 — Americus Colored Hospital
One of the earliest hospitals in southwest Georgia devoted to the care of African Americans, the Americus Colored Hospital opened in 1923. The majority of the funds needed to build the hospital were provided by Dr. W.S. Prather. Practice in the . . . Map (db m40661) HM
2Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — Charles A. Lindbergh
Charles A. Lindbergh captured the hearts of Americans during his successful non-stop flight from New York to Paris in the “Spirit of St. Louis” on May 20th, 1927. This famous American Aviator purchased his first airplane and learned to . . . Map (db m41210) HM
3Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-4 — Confederate Cemetery
Here rest 129 Confederate soldiers -- 45 of them “Unknown” -- all of whom died in Confederate hospitals in Americus. These men served in the Army of Tennessee. Some were with Gen. Jubal Early in the Washington, D.C. raid in July, 1864. Others were . . . Map (db m40203) HM
4Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-6 — Confederate Hospitals
Thousands of Confederate soldiers were patients at Foard Hospital on this site between August and December 1864. Following a disastrous fire and explosion on August 31, the patients were evacuated to the homes of townspeople and to the country; . . . Map (db m39957) HM
5Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — Deadly InsectsHabitat for Humanity
Reduviid--or "kissing"--bugs live in the walls and cracks of houses in South and Central America. By depositing feces on a person's skin, the kissing bug transmits a deadly disease know as Chagas. An estimated 16 to 18 million people are . . . Map (db m73163) HM
6Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-7 — Federal Headquarters
When Federal forces occupied Americus in 1865, the Colonel in charge selected this beautiful Greek Revival house as his headquarters. The house is believed to have been built circa 1855 by Willis A. Hawkins, associate justice of the . . . Map (db m40187) HM
7Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-10 — Georgia Southwestern State University
Georgia Southwestern State University was founded in 1906 as the Third Agricultural and Mechanical School. In 1926, the Legislature authorized the school to offer two years of college work and change the name to Third District Agricultural and . . . Map (db m41068) HM
8Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — How blocks are madeHabitat for Humanity
The Cinva-Ram Brick Press makes the kind of blocks used in many houses built by Habitat for Humanity. Bricks are made on the build site with locally available materials. Here's how it works: 1) A mixture of soil and cement is placed in the metal . . . Map (db m73167) HM
9Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-1 — Koinonia Farm
With a background in theology and agriculture, Georgia native Clarence Jordan (1912-1969), along with his wife, Florence, and Martin and Mabel England, founded Koinonia Farm in 1942. During the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, . . . Map (db m84938) HM
10Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-8 — Lindbergh's Solo FlightMay 1923
The "Lone Eagle" first flew solo in early May, 1923 from Souther Field. Charles Lindbergh had come to Americus to purchase a surplus aircraft from the World War I training center. He chose a Curtiss JN4 "Jenny." He got the plane with a brand-new . . . Map (db m11487) HM
11Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — Poverty Housing: A Global EpidemicHabitat for Humanity
An estimated 1.2 billion people in the world today live on less than $1 per day. Nearly 3 billion people--close to half of the world's population--live on less than $2 per day. Home, for many families, looks something like the structures you . . . Map (db m73162) HM
12Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — Rees Park
Dr. Albert Rees, a pioneer local physician, deeded the land for this park to the citizens of Americus in 1846. Two decades later, following the battlefield death of his son Lt. Lucius Gibson Rees, C.S.A. (1841-1864) near Petersburg, Virginia, this . . . Map (db m41167) HM
13Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-5 — Speaker Crisp
Charles Frederick Crisp (1845-1896), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, built this house in the 1880’s. A native of England and a veteran of service with the Confederate States Army, he had a distinguished career as judge of the . . . Map (db m41980) HM
14Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-1 — Sumter County
This County, created by Act of the Legislature December 26, 1831, is named for Gen. Thomas Sumter of South Carolina who fought in the French & Indian Wars and Revolution. At Andersonville was located the famous and unjustly criticized Confederate . . . Map (db m172817) HM
15Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — 129-4 — Sumter County in the Civil Rights Movement
Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for protesting racial segregation in Albany on December 16, 1961, and held in the Sumter County jail. Kings arrest dovetailed with community and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) efforts to . . . Map (db m172819) HM
16Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — The Prather Clinic
On this site from 1926 to 1977 stood the Prather Clinic, where hundreds of Americus citizens were born. It was built by Dr. William Stuart Prather (1868-1941). Voted the most valuable Americus citizen in 1935, he was also responsible for building . . . Map (db m187297) HM
17Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — Washington Elm Tree
The tree was grown from a branch of the original “Washington Elm” under which George Washington was sworn in as Commander of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass. in 1775. Donated to the people of Americus and Sumter County by John H. . . . Map (db m155680) HM
18Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — Welcome to Africa/Middle EastHabitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity has built houses in more than 20 countries in the Africa/Middle East region. The continent of Africa is larger than the United States. China, India and Argentina combined, and to home to nearly 1 billion people. . . . Map (db m73166) HM
19Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — Welcome to Asia/PacificHabitat for Humanity
. . . Map (db m73168) HM
20Georgia (Sumter County), Americus — Welcome to Latin America/CaribbeanHabitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity has built homes in virtually every country of Latin America and the Caribbean. The first Habitat house in the region was built in Guatemala in 1979. More Habitat homes have been built in Mexico than in any country except the . . . Map (db m73165) HM
 
 
Dec. 6, 2021