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This Day in Georgia History

January 10, 1866

Georgia Equal Rights Association Formed

One hundred black delegates assembled at the Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta. Concerned about the condition of Georgia blacks after the Civil War, the convention called for equal pay, voting rights, jury duty, equal treatment in public accommodations, and public schools for both blacks and whites. The convention also created the Georgia Equal Rights Association, to be headed by white Republican J.E. Bryant.