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5 Fun Facts About May 28 In Georgia History

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1. On May 28, 1830, the Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson, leading to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from their ancestral lands in Georgia and other southeastern states. The trail of tears, as it is known, resulted in the death of thousands of Native Americans.

2. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces captured the city of Dallas, Georgia, in what would become known as the Atlanta Campaign. The capture of Dallas was a significant victory for the Union forces and contributed to the eventual capture of Atlanta.

3. On May 28, 1963, civil rights demonstrators protesting segregation were attacked by police and white supremacists in Americus, Georgia. The attack resulted in over 200 arrests and a heated legal battle between civil rights organizations and the city of Americus.

4. In 1974, President Richard Nixon visited Brunswick, Georgia, to inaugurate the opening of the Golden Isles Parkway. The parkway connected the cities of Brunswick and Savannah, and was designed to promote tourism in the area.

5. On May 28, 2003, a tornado outbreak swept through central Georgia, causing significant damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. The town of Americus was particularly hard hit, with at least 40 homes destroyed and many more damaged. The tornado outbreak resulted in one death and numerous injuries.
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