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This Day in Georgia History

June 12, 1913

Peabody Hall Dedicated

The University of Georgia held its 108th commencement and dedicated a new building - Peabody Hall. The building was named for George Peabody - but not the George Foster Peabody who gave over $250,000 to the University and in whose memory the University’s annual Peabody Awards were named. The man who made Peabody Hall possible was a New England philanthropist who sought to promote education in the South. He established a Peabody Education Fund, which gave the University of Georgia a $40,000 grant to create a college of education. That money was used to construct Peabody Hall as the home of the University’s College of Education, which was dedicated in 1913 in conjunction with the graduation ceremonies. Peabody Hall still stands today and is the home of the University’s philosophy and religion departments.