Named after the city in Ireland, Dublin , Georgia was incorporated in 1812. In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis camped in the area before being captured by Union forces. In 1919, the town was the site of race riots. It’s best associated as the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s first public speech in 1944. He was a young student who had won a contest and traveled from Atlanta to the First African Baptist Church. The site is memorialized with a mural by artist Corey Barksdale and an audio guide. These days the population of Dublin is around 15,000.
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