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This Day in Georgia History

November 18, 1895

Sousa Band at Cotton States Expo

John Phillip Sousa and his fifty-piece band premiered at the Cotton States and International Exposition. For the special occasion, Sousa had composed “King Cotton March,” which was received by enthusiastic, cheering audiences at two concerts performed on this day.

To view an image from the Cotton States Exposition of 1895, see the Digital Library of Georgia.