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Joe Jackson

When Joe Jackson started working for Delta Airlines in 1968, he didn't realize he would become the first black flight dispatcher in Atlanta. Jackson's Delta career started in Miami where he entered the field as a ramp agent.


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This year is the 50th anniversary of George Romero's 1968 film, "Night of the Living Dead." While Romero's film popularized zombies as a horror trope, he's far from the first filmmaker to be enchanted by these creatures. One of the first zombie movies in the United States, "White Zombie," came out in 1934.

We spoke with Sarah Juliet Lauro about the history of zombies in popular culture. She traced their origins from the U.S. occupation of Haiti in 1915 in her book, "The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death."

Today on the show, we explored the history of voter suppression and lynching victims in Georgia. We also heard from filmmakers and organizers from the Fifty Foot Film Festival about homegrown horror and sci-fi films.

We spoke to ProPublica's Jessica Huseman and Savannah State's Allynne Owens about the history of voter suppression and how to spot it as citizens today. Huseman oversees the collaborative reporting project called Electionland, which reports on election issues across the country.

We also spoke with Catherine Meeks from The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing about the ceremony remembering lynching victims in Georgia this Friday. Historian and author Anthony Pitch also joined the conversation. He wrote "The Last Lynching: How A Gruessome Mass Murder Rocked A Small Georgia Town."

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Georgia has the second-highest number of undocumented lynchings. A 2015 report by the Equal Justice Initiative found nearly 600 cases in the state.


Historic Rural Churches of Georgia

Churches were built all over Georgia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They were social and spiritual centers from across mountains, the Piedmont, to the swamps and pine barrens of south Georgia. They were of all dimensions and denominations. Some have lasted down the years in fine shape while some require restoration.


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The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender histories of New York and San Francisco are well known. But what about the South?


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Urban archeology has unearthed centuries-old artifacts from beneath Atlanta. And lots of it is simply very old trash, leftover from landfills and dumps. Now, a team from Georgia State University is working with students to catalog the artifacts and teach history, writing and anthropology in the process. It’s called the Phoenix Project, and we had three of the faculty involved with it in the studio: Jeffrey Glover, Brennan Collins, and Robin Wharton.

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During December 1914, something remarkable happened. For a week before Christmas Day, French, British and German soldiers laid down their arms. They talked, sang carols, and wished each other Merry Christmas. This was known as the Christmas Truce, and did not happen again. We learned more about this piece of holiday history from Emory University professor Patrick Allitt.

 

 

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Georgia’s legislative session begins January 8, 2018. But a bill addressing the debate over Confederate monuments has already been filed by Decatur’s State Representative, Mary Margaret Oliver. The bill would allow local governments to decide whether or not to keep or remove monuments.

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All this year, we have raised a glass to Southern food. From sweet tea to fried chicken, every Southern dish tells a story. Southern food scholar Adrian Miller and Ashli Stokes of the Center for the Study of the New South helped us dig into the history of mac and cheese, and how the creamy dish helps us understand Southern identity. 

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The next time the you open your kitchen cabinets, consider this: a lot of the processed food we eat today started off as food for soldiers. The Army has a long history of culinary innovation that’s trickled down to our homes. We listened back to our conversation with writer Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of the book "Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S.

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In September, the home of Ruth Hartley Mosley, a prominent figure in Macon’s history, was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reverend Levornia Franklin Jr. welcomed guests to the ceremony at Mosley’s former home on Spring Street.

 

“Good morning, and welcome to the Ruth Hartley Mosley Memorial Women’s Center. Come on, give yourselves a hand for coming out this morning," he said.

 

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In South Georgia’s Wiregrass Country, a plaque in the town of Quitman marks a hanging place. It’s where, in August of 1864, four men were executed for plotting a slave rebellion. Over the next century, mob violence against African-Americans often erupted in South Georgia.

This is where our Senior Editor Don Smith was born and raised. He moved away in 1958. Don recently went back to his hometown to mark the anniversary of the Civil War hanging, and talk with longtime residents about how they remember the county’s history of racial violence. GPB's Emily Cureton reports. 

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All this month, we tour historic theaters in our state, as part of National Historic Preservation Month. We continue our series at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, Georgia. It's a performing and visual arts facility. Filmmaker Jesse Freeman explains how this space shaped his love for filmmaking.

Lewis Hine

Early 20th century photographer Lewis Hine made his mark by documenting the working conditions in mill towns, like those in Georgia. His photos led to major reforms in child labor laws. An exhibit at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia tells the story of one family he documented.

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A hundred years ago, the United States entered into WWI. To mark the centennial, the Atlanta History Center is taking a closer look at Georgia’s connections to the conflict. Take the red poppy, now a ubiquitous symbol in times of war.

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More than 200 years ago, the British Army made its first push into the American South. The Georgian Continental Army lost to the British during the American Revolution at Brier Creek. Today, another battle is being waged over threats to the preservation of this historic 500-acre site.

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J.B. and Lynette Tuttle have been married for more than 70 years. The Savannah couple is now in their 90s. They're both retired and live together in a nursing home. GPB's Sean Powers shared their timeless story of love.

This February is Black History Month, a time when the nation honors the contributions of African Americans. On Second Thought host Celeste Headlee says she doesn't really like Black History Month, but not for the reasons you might expect. 

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History is all around in Savannah - including underfoot, according to Robin Williams, chair of the Architectural History department at SCAD. He talked with GPB's Emily Jones about why he says paving is an important part of history.

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Jan 20, 2017

Donald Trump makes history on Friday by becoming the 45th president of the United States. What follows is a weekend of inauguration pageantry, a parade, several inaugural balls -- even fireworks.The presidential inauguration has a rich history dating back to George Washington. For more on that legacy, we turned to historian Kenneth C.

Ethiel Garlington, executive director of Historic Macon, talks with Josephine Bennett of GPB Macon about what projects the preservation group will take on in 2017.   

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It's a landmark that will soon be moved to a new patch of land. 

The home Little Richard called home as a kid in Macon's Pleasant Hill neighborhood is one of eight slated to be moved out of the way of a massive Georgia Department of Transportation expansion of the Interstate 75/Interstate 16 interchange. About 40 other homes will be demolished. 

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Work has resumed at a downtown Savannah construction site after two cannonballs were found and detonated there this week. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Ft. Stewart deemed them unsafe to transport.

Police called them Civil War-era  landmines. But Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, says ammunition was last stored at the site before the war, so they're likely older.

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The longer a building has been around, the more likely people will say that it’s haunted. The Fox Theatre in Atlanta opened in 1929 and some say a few of the millions who’ve passed through those doors still remain. The theater hosts ghost tours this time of year. We sent producer Sean Powers to learn about spirits that refuse to leave...even after the curtain comes down.

An interview with former Fox Theatre organist Bob Van Camp, whose ashes are stored in the Fox Theatre auditorium:

For generations, U.S. presidents had slaves. Ten of the first fifteen presidents were slave owners or raised in a slaveholding household, a fact that’s often left out of history books.

Macon's Hidden Musical Past

Sep 13, 2016
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Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers and Little Richard are just a few of the top-notch musicians to get their professional start in Macon, Georgia. But there are many other talented Macon artists who haven't gotten the same recognition.

As part of our Year of Georgia Music series, we speak with Jessica Walden and Jamie Weatherford of Rock Candy Tours in Macon, which takes guests to visit some of the historical music sites in that city.

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Watermelon season is almost over. It was once a symbol of pride for freed slaves, but it's since taken on all kinds of racial meanings. We talk about the fruit's history as a racist stereotype with Pat Turner, a professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Developments are underway to renovate a 19th century cotton mill into a craft brewery and loft apartments in Greensboro, Georgia. But 11 years ago, developer Nathan McGarity made a surprising discovery in the mill’s rafters. He discovered a trove of old letters and pictures that revealed a little known piece of US history. 

We speak with Nathan and Steven Brown, archivist emeritus at the University of Georgia's Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, about what they found

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was created in Atlanta to fight malaria and other deadly illnesses around the world. The agency celebrates its 70th birthday this month and we start the celebration with a trip to the CDC's museum to learn more about its storied history.

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