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In Their Own Words

February 29, 1868

Fifth Saturday in February

Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards recorded in his journal an event that on average only occurred once every three decades:

“The fifth Saturday in February! When shall we see another? Atlanta has been promoted to the dignity and importance of being the Capital of Georgia by ordinance of our great Convention this past week, so that if the people ratify the Constitution, this is a capital place.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 775.