Douglas county originally named in honor Frederick Douglass

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Douglas county originally named in honor Frederick Douglass

by Jarah Cotton, Staff Writer

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Douglas County was created soon after the civil war ended and during the Reconstruction era. Many African-American individuals were serving on the Georgia legislature during this period, and they elected to name the large 201-square-mile area after the famed civil-rights activist.

However, the honorary Frederick Douglass name was only temporary, as Confederate Democrats eventually expelled the Republican Reconstruction lawmakers. They re-established dominance and changed the county name to honor former Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who lost the presidency to Abraham Lincoln. The new honoree only had one “s” in his name, which is why the county name has only one “s” today.

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