FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) - Fitzgerald is the last remaining colony city of Union soldiers in the Southeast. Around 2600 northern families moved here to South Georgia in 1895.
The city now has a museum to remember their start. Inside this museum, pieces of history from all different time periods are on display.
The goal of this museum is to teach a valuable lesson.
From an original Congressional Medal of Honor and Southern Cross of Honor, to swords used in battle, and even items remembering the first schools, this museum is Fitzgerald.
"It's who we are. It's our identity. It's where we came from," said Deputy City Administrator Cam Jordan.
Fitzgerald was founded in 1895 by Union Soldiers looking for a new start.
"It was the biggest news in the state of Georgia that this many Yankees would come back into South Georgia," said Jordan.
Soon, the small city was taking off, and jobs were booming.
Union and confederate soldiers were living together in harmony.
This museum serves to highlight that unity. It's their goal to show that people really can overcome differences.
"There's a lesson in the founding of Fitzgerald that we like to try to remember that if people come together in a community, if they invest together in a community, they can build a community," said Jordan.
Jordan says the museum is a collaboration over the last 6 or 7 decades amongst hundreds of people.
Old war relics and state flags highlight the wide array of memorabilia. Folks from all around the country flock to see this history.
"It's a unique story, and it's a story that's positive. And it's a story that people can relate to because we all want to feel as though things can get better, and folks can come together," said Jordan.
It's a fitting message that Jordan says so many need to hear today.
The museum is open every day from Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.