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This Day in Georgia History

February 15, 1796

Yazoo Act Burned

The enrolled copy of the infamous Yazoo Act was burned in front of the Georgia state capitol in Louisville. At the ceremony attended by Gov. Jared Irwin and state legislators, the act was burned by “fire from heaven” - a feat accomplished by using a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s rays to ignite a flame.

To view an image of the burning of the Yazoo Act, see the Digital Library of Georgia.