A South Georgia girl is asking the community for help to provide scholarships for college-bound young women. In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg for theMore >>
In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguish Young Woman of Leesburg for the Class of 2014.More >>
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The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find a missing pregnant woman. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months. DianeMore >>
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find Crystal Hendrix. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months.More >>
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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
It's been a century and a half since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law, freeing more than 3-million slaves in America.
And for the past 150 years, city, county, and state leaders here in southwest Georgia have continued that progress.
Many people all over the country are taking time this weekend to remember the struggles of those enslaved over 150 years ago.
And right here in southwest Georgia, folks are doing the same.
"Racism is something that will destroy any environment," says Albany City Commissioner Tommy Postell.
"Color is not an issue anymore. It should be just people," says Billy Washington, a resident of Tifton.
The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863 was a historic document that freed slaves under Union control during the Civil War.
"In September of 1862, he stated he wanted to have Union without slavery," explains Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta.
But it wasn't until the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, that would change the country forever. And city officials in Albany say those changes are still taking place 150 years later.
"The obstacles that are there are presented by those people that just don't want to give up and say all men are created equal and by that one statement if they just respect that there would be more cooperation from everyone," says Postell.
"Today are free to do and live as we want upon the land. So here we are today to enjoy life comfortably," says Washington.
A life that so many can now enjoy and a memory that will continue to drive people to improve the lives of all races all over the country.
Many African American soldiers in the south didn't find out about their freedom until June which was 5 months after the law was signed in by Congress.
Many people celebrate Juneteenth in conjunction of this weekend's holiday.