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This Day in Georgia History

November 19, 1895

Georgia Day at Cotton States Expo

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

This was Georgia Day at the Cotton States and International Exposition and well over 40,000 people attended the festivities. John Phillip Sousa, who had premiered the day before, led his band in several rousing concerts and many Georgia political and social notables spoke. The day was not without controversy, however, as most were surprised at the absence of Governor William Y. Atkinson. Somehow he had not been invited to participate and assumed he was not wanted. This did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the attendees though, as unusually fair weather helped bring out the crowds and enliven the festivities.