Button Gwinnett, one of Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, was born on April 10, 1735 in Gloucester, England, though some authorities say it was his baptism that was recorded that day. Gwinnett also served in the Georgia legislature, where he wrote the first draft of the state Constitution and served as Speaker.
General Robert E. Lee gave his last address to the Army of Northern Virginia on April 10, 1865.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded on April 10, 1866.
On April 10, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American professional major league baseball player when the Brooklyn Dodgers bought his contract.
Winners of the Masters Tournament on April 10 include Sam Snead (1949), Gary Player (1961), Tom Watson (1977) and Tiger Woods (4th – 2005).
Fort King George State Historic Site in Darien, Georgia will host a program on historic weapons this weekend.
“Weapons that Made America” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the park in Darien.
The program will trace the history of black powder weapons from their origins in the 14th Century through the end of the muzzle-loading era of the 19th Century.
There will be several living history interpreters presenting more than two dozen black powder weapons and weapons will be fired periodically through the day.
Rare, specialty and hand-crafted guns, artillery pieces and other defensive devices will be on display.
Fort King George is at 302 McIntosh Road SE in Darien and admission ranges from $4.50 to $7.50. For more information call (912) 437-4770 or consult the website www.gastateparks.org/fortkinggeorge.
The Augusta Chronicle profiles Lee Elder, who was the first African-American to play at the Master Golf Tournament.
To honor 40 years since Elder broke the color barrier in golf’s most revered event, about 300 supporters, family and celebrities gathered in The Lodge hospitality house on Thursday, sharing stories of their friend and thanking him for his bravery.
“He was not afraid to be the first,” said 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain. “It wasn’t easy for him to succeed…but he put up with it all and stayed in the sport, which is beyond admirable.”
Comedian and actor Chris Tucker, who emceed the dinner reception, said he considers Elder to be “one of my dads” even though “he’s been trying to teach me how to play golf for about 20 years, and I still don’t know how to play.”
Between the stories and thanks from various supporters, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis’ assistant Tonia Gibbons presented a proclamation in Davis’ absence making Thursday “Robert Lee Elder Day.”
Georgia icon Sonny Seiler, who owns another Georgia icon, Uga, the Athens college mascot, reflects on 63 years of attending the Masters.
But when Georgia holds its annual G-Day football game Saturday, Seiler will be in Augusta for the 63rd consecutive year, while his son, Charles, tends to Uga in Athens.
Seiler’s history at the Masters Tournament began in 1953, when college roommate – and Orangeburg, S.C., native Howard Holladay – needed another rope holder on hole 17. As a Ben Hogan admirer, Seiler agreed to volunteer, and was given an Academy of Richmond County hat to show he belonged on the rope.
“I was asked to play Augusta National several times when I was president of the State Bar,” Seiler said. “But work obligations forced me to turn down the offer each time. To this day, I can’t believe I’ve never played the greatest course in the world.
“If I were to ever get another invitation, it would probably be my last round of golf.”
In the Dalton Daily News, writer Loran Smith reflects on many years of covering the Masters.
Eavesdropping on conversations was an early-on pastime in the 1960s, when technology was not troublesome the way it is today. The old guys would discourse on the latest developments with respect to golf equipment advances, but they seemed to have affection for subjects relating to life and humor. They never had to say, “This is off the record.”
I always tried to find respite in the lower locker room (which is now a grill room) or on the upstairs veranda of the clubhouse. You never knew who would pull up a chair. It could be Sam Snead or Gene Sarazen. They were easy and generous with their stories.
Snead was always a favorite of the writers. He was colorful and insightful. He also had a bent for ribald humor. Listening to Snead talk was a highlight every April.
An indelible memory came when Snead — well past 70 at the time — walked into the locker room, then kicked his right leg up and placed his foot on a doorway lintel that had to be at least 7 feet high. He was as limber as a cane fishing pole.
One day when Snead was in a good mood, I turned on a tape recorder for a memorable conversation. He moved easily through a number of topics, including his failure to win the U.S. Open — one of the most puzzling developments in the sport’s history. That circumstance makes you conclude that those who believe in fate have a point.
On Saturday, the Dalton Civil War Roundtable will hold a cleanup of the Confederate Cemetery.
There are more than 400 soldiers buried within the Confederate Cemetery with four of those being known Union soldiers. There still are some unknown soldiers interned within this cemetery.
Many of the soldiers buried in this cemetery were wounded in distant battle sites such as Shiloh and Chickamauga and in Alabama, or contracted a deadly disease, and then were brought to Dalton on “sick trains,” destined for one of the many hospitals that existed in Dalton at that time. Some historians have estimated that as many as 50 to 150 sick or wounded soldiers would have been on these “sick trains” as they moved to Dalton and through Dalton to other cities further south. Some have concluded that there may have been as many as three to four of these trains each week during the later war years of 1863 and 1864.
In some cases soldiers buried at this location had been originally buried in other nearby locations, their remains removed, and then reburied in this cemetery.
The Confederate Cemetery in Dalton was first used for a public Memorial Day Service on April 26, 1866. The public is invited to join with Roundtable members and with other volunteers in this annual event.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Earlier this week, WSB-TV reported that the City of Brookhaven fired its Communications Director for an allegedly racially-insensitive remark. A media pile on ensued.
Here are the original allegations,
Channel 2 Action News reports that City of Brookhaven Communications Director, Rosemary Taylor, has been fired because of statements she made regarding models a photographer brought along to assist him while he covered the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival.
Photographer Nelson Jones, who was hired by the City, told WSBTV’s Erica Byfield that shortly after he made a test shot of the two models with Tourism Director, Mike Vescio, Taylor told him the models “were not the type of people the City of Brookhaven wanted representing them.”
Jones says moments later, another City Official escorted them from the site of the festival, Blackburn Park. He also said the City is refusing to pay him.
In a statement, Brookhaven City Manager Marie Garrett said, “On Monday, Rosemary Taylor was relieved of her duties as the city’s communications director after she exhibited conduct unbecoming of a city employee at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival last month. The change in staffing follows a thorough investigation by the city’s human resources director. This is a personnel matter and that investigation is ongoing. Taylor was hired in March.”
Now Rosemary Taylor, the former Communications Director, has spoken up with her side of the story.
From Rosemary Taylor: Let me say this clearly – racism had absolutely nothing to do with my interactions with the photographer and his hired models at the recent Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. It all had to do with a lack of professionalism on behalf of the photographer, a conflict of interest, misuse of city funds and money spent unnecessarily.