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This Week in Forsyth County History: August 20-26


Aug 26, 1981

Forsyth County only had one high school in 1981: Forsyth County High School, now Forsyth Central. FCN’s season preview had a list of upcoming opponents and breakdown of the team, but also focused on the Atlanta Falcons, college teams and the county’s then-junior high schools. 

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Aug. 23, 1992

In 1992, politician and activist Hosea Williams and 17 marchers arrived at the Forsyth County Courthouse to deliver a “Black Manifesto” to encourage local leaders to hire more black employees after walking 50 miles from the gravesite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. About 60 protestors, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, held a counter-protest.

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Aug. 23, 1992

Commissioners moved ahead with the purchase of new land for a park in south Forsyth in 1992. Today, Sharon Springs Park is one of the county’s most popular amenities.


Aug. 23, 2000

Every year, it seems that kids go back to school earlier and earlier. In 2000, about 17,000 students returned to Forsyth County Schools on Aug. 21 – almost three weeks later than they do now.