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5 Fun Facts About March 19 In Georgia History

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1. On March 19, 1865, Union troops under General William T. Sherman entered the city of Savannah, Georgia, effectively ending the Civil War in the state.

2. In 1953, Georgia Governor Herman Talmadge signed into law a bill that mandated racial segregation in all Georgia schools, perpetuating the effects of Jim Crow laws.

3. March 19, 1987, marks the day when United States Supreme Court Justice William Brennan issued a historic opinion in the case of McCleskey v. Kemp, which challenged Georgia's use of the death penalty and argued that it was racially biased.

4. The Atlanta Hawks basketball team played its first game in Atlanta on March 19, 1968, after moving from St. Louis.

5. On March 19, 1848, a convention was held in Milledgeville, Georgia, to consider the relevance of the state's constitution and the potential need for reforms in the wake of the Mexican-American War. The convention ultimately resulted in the drafting of a new constitution for Georgia.
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