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This Day in Georgia History

July 11, 1877

Constitutional Convention Convened 1877

In Atlanta, a convention of 185 delegates convened in the Kimball Opera House, then serving as Georgia’s state capitol. Their mission was to complete the “redemption” of Georgia by adopting a new state constitution to replace the Reconstruction-era Constitution of 1868. The most prominent voice in the convention proved to be “unreconstructed rebel” Robert Toombs.

To view the Constitution of 1877, see the Georgia Archives.