11 facts about Georgia we bet you didn't know

Georgia has been on everyone’s mind this year.

十一月, 总统当选人拜登 became the first Democrat in 28 年份 to flip the state blue. 而这周, Georgia again enters the political spotlight with two runoff races that will determine which party controls the US Senate.
So as all eyes turn to Georgia, we figured it would be a good time to share with some interesting tidbits you may not know about the Peach State.

THE GOOD

    — 在 1943, Georgia became the first state to lower the legal voting age 从 21 至 18.
    In the city of Athens, there’s a tree that owns itself. The Junior Ladies Garden Club continues to care for this very special tree.
    Georgia is home to Wesleyan College, 的 first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.
    Wesleyan College

    Berry College is also located in Georgia. It has the largest contiguous campus in the world (27,000 英亩!).
    Berry College

    America’s largest Black-owned production company is in Georgia: Tyler Perry Studios.
    A view of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta

    Located in Midtown Atlanta, The Varsity is considered to be the world’s largest drive-in restaurant. 成立于 1928, this gigantic fast-food joint can seat 800 diners!
    The Varsity

    Georgia State awards more bachelor’s degrees to Black studentsany other institution in the US.
    Georgia State University

    — 在 1912, The Girl Scouts program was born here 在萨凡纳, 佐治亚州.
    The first Girl Scout of America, 太太. Samuel G. Laurence  addresses a crowd in Savannah, 佐治亚州, during a celebration honoring her aunt, Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America.

    THE BAD

    Georgia is home to Stone Mountain, a monument for Confederate icons Stonewall Jackson, General Robert E. 背风处, and President Jefferson Davis. Its sculptors include the sculptor who went on to carve Mount Rushmore. And it has been called the world’s largest tribute to White supremacy.
    Stone Mountain

    Traffic in Atlanta is notoriously terrible. 在 2020, 的 INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard concluded that drivers spent on average 82 hours a year sitting in traffic.
    亚特兰大's Downtown Connector

      One of the most infamous American cases of anti-Semitism occurred in Atlanta with the lynching of Leo Frank 在 1915.
      Pallbearers life the coffin of Leo M. 坦率, who was lynched in Georgia in August of 1915.

      The scars of this act of terror did not dissipate among the Jewish community, 和在 1958, a group of White supremacists calledthe Confederate Undergroundbombed one of the city’s largest and most culturally significant synagogues.

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