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This Day in Georgia History

May 05, 1870

George Alexander Towns Born

To view an image of George Alexander Towns, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Educator and civil rights activist George Alexander Towns was born in Albany, Georgia. Towns became interested in Atlanta University when one of the school’s graduates taught him as a six-year old. At age fifteen, Towns enrolled in Atlanta University, graduating in 1894, then earning a degree from Harvard in 1900. Towns immediately joined the faculty at Atlanta University, where he remained for forty years. Towns was primarily a teacher, but also acted as a fund raiser, coach, club sponsor, and editor of the alumni magazine. Besides his academic endeavors, Towns also worked diligently for civil rights. He was an active member of the NAACP and strongly encouraged black voter registration. He refused to accept segregation in public transportation, choosing to ride a bicycle to work instead. Even after his retirement from Atlanta University he continued to be an advocate for civil rights. He died in Atlanta on December 20, 1960, just before his and so many others’ work was beginning to gain fruition.