Rich Foundation Awards $85,000 To GHS To Expand The Georgia Civil Rights Trail in Atlanta

May 26, 2021, Atlanta, Georgia – The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) has announced that it has received a grant totaling $85,000 from the Rich Foundation to expand the Georgia Civil Rights Trail in Greater Atlanta.

The proposed new historical markers will join over 40 existing historical markers on the statewide Trail and will focus on the people, sites, and events that were associated with the modern struggle for civil and human rights. Established in 2015, the Georgia Civil Rights Trail is a key part of the ongoing work of GHS to recognize the rich diversity of our state’s past and enhance public understanding of the economic, social, political, and cultural history of the Civil Rights Movement by drawing visitors and residents alike to sites in our state where the Movement unfolded.

“Telling the stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia has never been more important. Issues surrounding racial justice and equality are very much in the headlines, but we can’t make sense of it all if we don’t understand the history behind these issues and how we got to this point,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “This grant will allow GHS to shed new light on Georgia’s Civil Rights legacy, ensuring that the public debate about where we go from here is an informed one. We are deeply grateful to the Rich Foundation for making that possible.”

The Rich Foundation is a private Atlanta, Georgia, foundation whose purpose is to benefit non-profit organizations in the field of arts, civics, education, health, environment, and social welfare in the metropolitan Atlanta area. While the Foundation supports all of these areas, its primary focus has been education and social justice. Established in 1943, the Foundation was created to distribute a share of the profits of Rich’s, Inc., the Atlanta department store. Through the years, the Foundation has been a major supporter of Atlanta’s charitable and educational life.

The Georgia Historical Society will work with community partners and stakeholders to develop and dedicate the new markers in the greater Atlanta area.

For more information about the Georgia Civil Rights Trail Marker Program please contact Patricia Meagher, GHS Director of Communications at or by phone at 912.651.2125, ext. 153.


The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) administers Georgia’s historical marker program. Over the past 20 years, GHS has erected nearly 300 new historical markers across the state on a wide variety of subjects. GHS also coordinates the maintenance for more than 2,100 markers installed by the State of Georgia prior to 1998. Online mapping tools allow users to design driving routes based on historical markers, and a mobile app helps visitors locate and learn about markers nearby. Visit for more ways to use Georgia’s historical markers and experience history where it happened.

Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation.
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