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The Vienna News

2013 December 11
by Donnie Summerlin

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the addition of the Vienna News to the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive:

Vienna News, November 24, 1908

Vienna News, November 24, 1908

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to sixteen newspaper titles published in ten south Georgia cities (Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Brunswick, Cuthbert, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta, Vienna, and Waycross) from 1845 to 1922. Consisting of over 148,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. 

The archive includes the 
Vienna News (1902-1918), in addition to the titles previously available in the archive: Albany Herald (1892-1893, 1900-1901, 1906), Albany News (1867-1892), Albany Patriot (1845-1866), Americus Times Recorder (1881-1921), Bainbridge Democrat (1872-1909), Bainbridge Search Light/Post-Search Light (1901-1922), Brunswick Advertiser/Advertiser and Appeal (1875-1889), Cuthbert Appeal (1866-1886), Sumter Republican (1870-1885), Tifton Gazette (1892-1919), Thomasville Times Enterprise (1873-1922),Valdosta Times (1908-1912), Waycross Headlight (1884-1887), Waycross Herald (1892-1914), and Waycross Journal (1901-1914).

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through the generosity of Randy Sullivan.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the 
Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at

Fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington

2013 August 28
by Mandy Mastrovita

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the date when a quarter of a million Americans from across the United States converged upon Washington, D.C.  for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Plans for this event began in 1962 when A. Philip Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, suggested the idea of a mass gathering on Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the economic plight of the county’s African American population. The nation’s leading civil rights organizations sought this opportunity to encourage Congress to pass civil rights legislation under its consideration, and persuaded President John F. Kennedy to endorse the demonstration.

As plans progressed, Randolph charged noted civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin, with the arduous task of coordinating and directing the logistics for the march. Rustin and his crew of volunteers worked around the clock to make necessary arrangements as word of the upcoming march spread throughout the country, and thousands of anxious supporters prepared to make their descent on the nation’s capitol. On August 28, 1963, a crowd of 250,000 people, including nearly 450 members of Congress, gathered at Lincoln Memorial to listen to the day’s scheduled performances and speeches. Randolph along with Roy Wilkins, John Lewis and others delivered riveting speeches before Martin Luther King took his place at the podium and delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Even though the March on Washington succeeded in both dramatizing and politicizing the need to secure federal legislation banning segregation and racial discrimination, it would be another year before civil rights legislation was signed by president Lyndon B. Johnson in July 1964 and became the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Civil Rights Digital Library contains links to numerous collections and resources that feature the March on Washington; these are available at