Local Picture History Features A&M School and West Georgia College

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Librarian Suzanne K. Durham has published a second pictorial history of Carrollton and the surrounding region with Around Carrollton, a local history book featuring photographs from the mid-1880s to 1961. Of special interest to the University of West Georgia are chapters focusing on the old Fourth District A&M School, and the “College and the County” training program for student teachers in rural west Georgia.

The A&M photos primarily come from scrapbooks that belonged to Newnan native Woodfin Carmical, a 1914 graduate who later taught mechanical arts at the school. His scrapbooks, along with several artifacts, were donated to Ingram Library Special Collections and offer a rare look into the lives of the students and teachers in the 1910s.

The rural teacher training program began a few years after the college’s formation in 1933. It was intended to train student teachers to fill the unique needs of rural education settings, especially in Georgia where isolation and poverty among a mostly agricultural population called for more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. The college became involved with the county school system in repairing and building facilities, providing nutritious meals, and showing children how to live more healthfully. In return, the student teachers gained valuable experience during a third year at what was originally a two-year teacher’s college.

Other photos of Carrollton and surrounding Carroll County cities were donated for reproduction in the book. Former Mount Zion Mayor Jack Dorsey contributed the photographs for a chapter on the Mount Zion Seminary, which operated between 1880 and 1938. Marion Dobbs, granddaughter of local insurance agent and photographer Benjamin Long, donated many photographs from scrapbooks she inherited from her grandfather.

Arcadia Publishing will release the book April 9. For more information, contact Durham at 678-839-5350 or sdurham@westga.edu