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5 Fun Facts About March 2 In Georgia History

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1. In 1861, the state of Georgia held a convention to vote on secession from the Union, and on March 2, 1861, the state voted overwhelmingly in favor of seceding.

2. On March 2, 1877, Georgia governor Alfred H. Colquitt signed the bill that authorized the building of the Georgia State Capitol, which still stands in downtown Atlanta today.

3. In 1877, Georgia became the first state in the nation to pass an anti-lynching law, and the law was signed into effect on March 2 of that year.

4. March 2, 1936, marks the birthdate of Larry Zerner, a Georgia native who played the character Shelly in the horror movie Friday the 13th Part III.

5. On March 2, 2000, Georgia native and former President of the United States Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center in promoting peace and democracy around the world.
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