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Employment History

President

Anniston High School

Coordinator

Anniston Museum of Natural History

Affiliations

Board Member
Anniston Museum of Natural History

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Anniston: Anniston Museum Complex Board

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Georgia Calhoun (Pres.)


Anniston’s Black Heritage Festival to ...

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Anniston’s Black Heritage Festival to honor founder Georgia Calhoun

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Anniston’s Black Heritage Festival to honor founder Georgia Calhoun
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Anniston’s Black Heritage Festival to honor founder Georgia Calhoun From staff reports Annistonstar.com
Georgia Calhoun had a dream. She was serving on the board of the Anniston Museum of Natural History when she realized that too few African-Americans were participating in museum programs. So she had the idea to start a black heritage festival.


The Anniston Star - Embracing black history: Anniston Museum of Natural History to host annual heritage festival

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Georgia Calhoun understands that to succeed in the future, one must embrace the past.

Which is why, for the past 24 years, Calhoun has served as coordinator for the Anniston Museum of Natural History's annual Black Heritage Festival - she remembers a time when African-Americans such as herself weren't allowed in the museum.
Even after the walls of segregation were torn down, however, the black community continued to stay away, says Calhoun, who still lives in Anniston.
But that changed when she became the museum's first black League Board member in 1980 and created a festival to celebrate black heritage.
"Blacks just weren't really into going to the museum," she says."When I got on the board, I wanted to find a way to get my people involved.So the Black Heritage Festival was my vehicle to change all that."
The first festival was held in the spring of 1979 and since that day the crowds, once numbering in the hundreds, have swollen to more than 1,000 each year.
"When I first started, I could have never imagined it would get this big," Calhoun says."It truly is a blessing."
The tradition continues Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the museum, located off McClellan Boulevard.The festival is held in February as part of Black History Month.
Though it's termed a Black Heritage Festival, Calhoun says that the celebration does not exclude other races; rather it offers a lesson for everyone.
"Everybody can benefit from attending this festival," she says."The more you learn about someone and their culture, the more accepting of other people you become.It's both educational and entertaining."
This year's event, like those of the past, is devoted to educating area children about the history of their culture, which Calhoun says is often omitted from school lessons.
"I call it a ‘heritage festival' because to me heritage means people have used their talents to create a history that gives them memories that they can respect and use to command respect," she says.
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"It's gotten real competitive," Calhoun says.


Ellen Spears, Memorializing the Freedom Riders; Southern Spaces

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Georgia Calhoun, a retired teacher and board member of the Anniston Museum of Natural History, has been pressing for a memorial to the Freedom Riders in Anniston for fifteen years. Since 1994, when Calhoun first approached the Anniston City Council about supporting a marker, she has met resistance to placing a fitting tribute at the site.

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Calhoun and Bean, along with State Representative Barbara Boyd and Jacksonville State University (JSU) Environmental Policy Information Center Director (EPIC) Pete Conroy, have been leading an initiative to build a larger memorial at the Freedom Riders site.
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In denying Georgia Calhoun's earlier request for a memorial, Anniston City Council members insisted the Calhoun County Commission was the appropriate venue to take up the request, since the actual site of the firebombing is in Calhoun County, outside the Anniston city limits.
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However, no vandalism has taken place at the site of the historical marker, reports Georgia Calhoun. To the contrary, more people are visiting the site on Highway 202 since the plaque was placed, Calhoun explains. Still, she envisions more than a marker at the site, a place where visitors could pull off the highway to stop at the memorial, a place for meditation and for ongoing education.
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In the current political climate, both Calhoun and Bean are optimistic.
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6. Letter from Ann Zito Hooper, of the Calhoun County Grant Office, to Georgia Calhoun, November 25, 2003.


Memorializing the Freedom Riders | Southern Spaces

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Georgia Calhoun, a retired teacher and board member of the Anniston Museum of Natural History, has been pressing for a memorial to the Freedom Riders in Anniston for fifteen years. Since 1994, when Calhoun first approached the Anniston City Council about supporting a marker, she has met resistance to placing a fitting tribute at the site.

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Calhoun and Bean, along with State Representative Barbara Boyd and Jacksonville State University (JSU) Environmental Policy Information Center Director (EPIC) Pete Conroy, have been leading an initiative to build a larger memorial at the Freedom Riders site.
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In denying Georgia Calhoun's earlier request for a memorial, Anniston City Council members insisted the Calhoun County Commission was the appropriate venue to take up the request, since the actual site of the firebombing is in Calhoun County, outside the Anniston city limits.5
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However, no vandalism has taken place at the site of the historical marker, reports Georgia Calhoun. To the contrary, more people are visiting the site on Highway 202 since the plaque was placed, Calhoun explains. Still, she envisions more than a marker at the site, a place where visitors could pull off the highway to stop at the memorial, a place for meditation and for ongoing education.
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In the current political climate, both Calhoun and Bean are optimistic.
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6. Letter from Ann Zito Hooper, of the Calhoun County Grant Office, to Georgia Calhoun, November 25, 2003.

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