• Southern Airways School yearbook, Clear Above 53G, 1953. Courtesy of the Southwest Georgia Regional Library via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Clear Above 53G
    • Date
    • 1953
    • Creator
    • Southern Airways School
    • Description
    • 1953 yearbook of the Southern Airways School, located in Bainbridge, Georgia. Southwest Georgia Regional Library, Bainbridge, Georgia.
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    • Southwest Georgia Regional Library

  • “Beulah Rucker School for Veterans,” 1945-1950. Courtesy of the Hall County Black History Society (Ga.) and the Hall County Library System (Ga.) via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    • 1945/1950
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    • Night School for Veterans. Photograph of the Beulah Rucker School, which held night classes for the Veterans of World War II. These classes were taught by Mrs. Beulah Rucker herself. Caption: "Hall County Black History Society (0070) Gainesville, Geo... more
      Night School for Veterans. Photograph of the Beulah Rucker School, which held night classes for the Veterans of World War II. These classes were taught by Mrs. Beulah Rucker herself. Caption: "Hall County Black History Society (0070) Gainesville, Georgia. Digitized by: Digital Techniques, Inc. Electronic version made available through a federal Library Services and Technology Act Grant and Georgia Public Library Services. Forms part of: Black History Society photograph collection. less
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    • Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/. Cite as: [Name of photograph], Black County History Society Photograph Collection, Hall County, Georgia Black History Society and the Hall County Library System.
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    • Hall County Black History Society (Ga.). Hall County Library System (Ga.).

  • Kilowatt News, a Georgia Power Company periodical, May 1945. Postwar advertisements such as the one on the final page of the newsletter targeted returning GIs who looked forward to buying a home and starting a family. Courtesy of the Chattahoochee Valley Library via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Kilowatt News, 1945 May
    • Date
    • 1945
    • Creator
    • Georgia Power Company
    • Description
    • Georgia Power Company's periodical Kilowatt News, Vol. III, no. 5. May 1945. This issue discusses the history of the Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, Georgia. Also includes an article on vacuum cleaning and a reciple for strawberry shortcake. Cha... more
      Georgia Power Company's periodical Kilowatt News, Vol. III, no. 5. May 1945. This issue discusses the history of the Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, Georgia. Also includes an article on vacuum cleaning and a reciple for strawberry shortcake. Chattahoochee Valley Library, Columbus, Georgia. less
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  • “Photograph of military polio patients posing together for a group portrait at the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, Warm Springs, Meriwether County, Georgia, 1940-1945.” Courtesy of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation via the Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Photograph of military polio patients posing together for a group portrait at the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, Warm Springs, Meriwether County, Georgia, 1940-1950?
    • Date
    • 1940/1945
    • Creator
    • Martin, Raymond K
    • Description
    • A photograph of military polio patients posing together for a group portrait at the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, Warm Springs, Meriwether County, Georgia, sometime between 1940 and 1950. Roosevelt Warm Springs/Georgia Warm Springs Foundation Phot... more
      A photograph of military polio patients posing together for a group portrait at the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, Warm Springs, Meriwether County, Georgia, sometime between 1940 and 1950. Roosevelt Warm Springs/Georgia Warm Springs Foundation Photograph Collection, Roosevelt Warm Springs Vocational Rehabilitation Campus, Warm Springs, Georgia. less
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    • Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/. Cite as: [title of item], Selections from the Records of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, 1924-1974, Roosevelt Warm Springs Vocational Rehabilitation Campus, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.... more
      Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/. Cite as: [title of item], Selections from the Records of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, 1924-1974, Roosevelt Warm Springs Vocational Rehabilitation Campus, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia. Please contact the Roosevelt Warm Springs Vocational Rehabilitation Campus re: reproduction and usage. less
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Military facilities that were built during World War II evolved as centers of training for the postwar landscape. Some Georgia Army air corps and naval air bases worked on a contract basis with the Armed Forces to train pilots during peacetime; some were turned over to city and county governments for service as public-use airports. The Southern Airways School in Bainbridge, Georgia, became a training site for commercial pilots.

Georgia factories and munitions plants became the setting for fair employment standards during the war, and served as a model afterwards.

When African American veterans returned to Georgia at the end of World War II, they arrived ready to participate equally in the political and economic opportunities available in the state. Bolstered by their wartime service, and driven to benefit from the rights they had fought for while abroad, they formed voter registration drives, and campaigned for racial equality. African American veterans founded organizations dedicated to fulfilling and protecting their rights, benefits, and freedoms as former GIs.