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This Day in Georgia History

September 04, 1985

Centennial of Cornerstone Laying at State Capitol

In ceremonies on the northeast corner of Georgia’s state capitol, Georgia officially celebrated the centennial of the laying of the capitol’s marble cornerstone on Sep. 2, 1885. [Scheduling conflicts forced the observance to be held two days late.] In attendance were Gov. Joe Frank Harris, Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, Secretary of State Max Cleland, and Atlanta historian Franklin Garrett. Atlanta Masonic officials also were present to rededicate the cornerstone using Masonic rituals that their predecessors used a century earlier. A parade around the capitol and a “marble” birthday cake completed the commemoration.

Centennial of Cornerstone Laying at State Capitol View large image
Source: Photo: Ed Jackson