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5 Fun Facts About July 23 In Georgia History

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1. In 1829, Georgia Governor George Gilmer signed a law that prohibited teaching enslaved people to read and write. This law was known as the Georgia Anti-Literacy Law and remained in effect until the end of the Civil War.

2. On July 23, 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War, Union forces under General William T. Sherman began their siege of Atlanta. The siege lasted for six weeks and resulted in the capture and eventual destruction of the city.

3. On July 23, 1889, the Georgia General Assembly approved the establishment of Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth, which later became known as Savannah State University. This was the first public college for African Americans in the state of Georgia.

4. In 1996, during the Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia, a bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park, killing two people and injuring over 100 others. The bombing remains one of the deadliest attacks on a U.S. sporting event.

5. On July 23, 2018, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation to establish the Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy, which is aimed at improving literacy rates among young children throughout the state. The center provides resources and training for educators and parents to promote early language and literacy development in children.
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