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Putnam County, Georgia
Supporting Humanities Education in Rural Public Schools

Putnam County is home to Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, as well as Joel Chandler Harris, who popularized the Uncle Remus stories he learned from enslaved people on a local plantation. And throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Putnam County’s people fought to end segregation, contributing greatly to the Civil Rights Movement. With funding from the NEH, a partnership between the University of Georgia and the Putnam County School system is giving rural African American youth the chance to delve into their region’s significant literary and cultural history. At the same time, the program is bringing that history to a larger audience both within and outside of Putnam County, helping people better understand both the past and presence of this unique American place.

“The NEH has funded parts of this work that otherwise we couldn’t have done. It shines a spotlight on the work we are doing, and has provided us with the really sharp focus that we need to make this program sustainable.”

–Christopher Lawton

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