The Georgia Historical Society in Savannah takes the lead every year in Georgia Day celebrations with their Georgia History Festival, including a February 9 parade with school children. At georgiahistory.com, teachers and others can find educational material about Georgia’s birth — go to the “Learn” heading, which leads to “Explore Georgia History” and “For Educators.” Also, on Feb. 9 and 10, the Georgia Archives will display the Royal Charter and Georgia’s recorded copy of the Declaration of Independence.
This is always a good time to reflect on some of the principles upon which the colony was founded: philanthropy, to help out the worthy poor of London; and religious freedom to a point, as the new colony allowed in Protestants and Jews, but prohibited Catholics. The charter also prohibited slavery during the Trusteeship, the first 20 years until 1752. Anyone leaving London and its environs had to be interviewed and vetted by the Trustees, the corporation that founded the colony under the royal charter, before they could board the Anne for the journey to the New World.