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State Offices Closed Monday for Confederate Memorial Day

April 24, 2015
The Georgia State Capitol in Downtown Atlanta

Don't forget that Georgia state offices will be closed on Monday, April 27, 2015 for Confederate Memorial Day.

This holiday has a long history in Georgia and ultimately America. Starting in Georgia in 1874 and spreading to other states in years to follow, Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia was meant to mark April 26, 1865 - the day Georgia surrendered to General William T. Sherman ending the Civil War in Georgia. Legend has it that a group of women in Columbus, Ga., (later to become the Atlanta Ladies' Memorial Association) started a campaign to honor those who died during the Civil War. Throughout the next century, Confederate Memorial Day morphed and changed, disappearing and coming back.

Currently, each year the Georgia Governor must make a proclamation declaring April 26 (or a Monday close to April 26) as Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia.

To learn more about the day, check in with GeorgiaInfo, our Georgia Almanac.

If you need to contact a specific agency on Monday, try visiting their website or sending them a message on social media. For a full list of state holidays, check out our Popular Topic.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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