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The Laurens County - Dublin community has come together to honor WW1 military dead that were originally left off this county’s war memorial. A new bronze plaque is being created that will incorporate the names of the twenty-one African Americans soldiers who were not included in the original plaque. This new bronze listing will be in alphabetical order and affixed to the vertical granite stone that is adjacent to the Laurens County Courthouse.

A poignant ceremony on September 26, 2018, on the courthouse steps, was attended by all segments of the Laurens County community. The names of these twenty-one African-American WWI soldiers were read, and those in attendance with the same last names were asked to raise their hands. Many hands went up.

"Photos courtesy of Dublin City Schools”

Newspaper clipping.  The Courier Herald.  'Program to honor African American WW1 Veterans' Newspaper clipping, The Courier Herald.  Page 2 of the newspaper article.
Image of the memorial.  A big tree stands in the middle of the monument that encircles it.A row of people sitting down observing the ceremony

ROTC display the colors at the front steps to the building while a crowd sit in front observing the ceremoniesA elderly man and a woman stand in front of the monument holding a red, white, and blue wreath

 

Georgia World War I Centennial Commission Donors


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Georgia World War I Centennial Commission

Contact: georgia@worldwar1centennial.org

Commission Members

  • Mr. Scott Delius, Atlanta
  • Mr. Rick Elder, Sylvania
  • Mr. Samuel Friedman, Atlanta
  • Mr. Thomas Lacy, Peachtree City (vice-chair)
  • Dr. John Morrow, Athens
  • Dr. Billy Wells, Dahlonega (Chair)

Executive Director:

Dr. Thomas H. Jackson, Jr., University System of Georgia

Federal Commissioner for Georgia

Dr. Monique Seefried, Atlanta

Commission Associates

  • Dr. Lamar Veatch, University of North Georgia
  • Mr. Keith Antonia, University of North Georgia

 

Next Meeting:

Date to be determined

Future Meetings:

None schedule at this time.

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