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5 Fun Facts About June 16 In Georgia History

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1. On June 16, 1838, Cherokee Chief John Ross delivered a powerful speech to the U.S. Senate arguing against the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their ancestral lands and the implementation of the Indian Removal Act. Despite his efforts, the Cherokees were ultimately removed from Georgia and forced to walk the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma.

2. June 16, 1903 marked the birth of legendary musician and Georgia native, Helen Carter. She was a member of the Carter Family, one of the most influential groups in the history of country music.

3. In 1961, Bernard "Pop" Brutus became the first African American mayor of Norwood, Georgia. This historic moment marked an important milestone in Georgia's civil rights movement.

4. On June 16, 1982, the Atlanta Braves played their first game at their new home at Fulton County Stadium. The team was previously known for playing at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

5. In 2015, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill designating June 16 as National Concussion Awareness Day in the state. The bill aimed to raise awareness about the warning signs and potential long-term effects of concussions in youth sports.
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