As is typical of Jim Crow South, white teachers made significantly more money than there black counterparts. Schooling may have been separate but they are far from equal. To see more papers for the Ashburn…
Budget of Ashburn Public Schools school year 1935-1936
On a warm, Sunday afternoon, the Turner County Project sat down with Donald Garrett and his daughter Lisa Garrett Bonnell to talk about car hops, milk routes, and his family legacy in Turner County. What made this interview so special was sitting in Old Hopewell Church which stands today due to a generous land donation from Donald’s great-grandparents, Alvah Pinkney “A.P.” and Mary Rooks Haman in 1903.
Joan Sellars Lorenzen
The first of this “mini interview” People of Turner County series is Joan Sellars Lorenzen who currently lives in Rebecca, GA but has lived in Turner County her whole life. She shares her memory of the Turner Theatre, which unfortunately burned down on July 25, 1972.
Integration in the Turner County Schools, 1970
In 1954, in perhaps one of the most groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court rulings, Chief Justice Earl Warren and the rest of the Court’s unanimous decision in the case Brown V. Board of Education that segregation…
Victoria Evans Memorial Library, c. unknown
A photograph of the Victoria Evans Memorial Library when it was located on E. College Avenue in Ashburn, Georgia.
Location: Hwy 41 and Bussey Rd in Sycamore, GA
Date: June 17, 2022
Shingler Pullman Vehicle
In what appears to be a nationally reported interest article, the Shingler family owned what looks to be what we know today as an R.V. Check out these articles from across the nation.
765 N. Main St., c. 1908
Ashburn’s Historic Driving Tour Stop #6
Location: 765 N Main St. in Ashburn, Georgia
Date: February 20, 2021
West Bros. Grocery
Location: 40 W. Ashley St. in Rebecca, GA
Date: February 20, 2021
WWII POW German Camp in Ashburn, Georgia
One of the lesser-known histories of Turner County was the existence of the German POW Camp that was located in Ashburn during World War II. One can wonder if it was lost to memory since it was one of many, but the frank reality is that it was not heavily talked about or documented.
When it comes to history, memories fade, but what remains are the written words.
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