Here are the answers to the “Easy” version of the 2020 Holiday Hunt:
1. Ruby Chosewood Norton
Ruby Chosewood Norton (1894-1919) was born to parents Charles L. and Dora Chosewood. C.L. Chosewood was a longtime city council member for Atlanta’s Third Ward. From 1907 to 1916, Chosewood operated a successful amusement park near Grant Park. Chosewood’s amusement park boasted a circle swing, a Ferris wheel, a swimming pool, a miniature railroad, and even a roller coaster. Today, Parkside Elementary School sits on the site of the amusement park’s lake.
2. John Gray Westmoreland
Dr. John Gray Westmoreland (1816-1887) helped to found Atlanta’s first medical college in the decade before the Civil War. In 1915, the Atlanta Medical College became the Emory University School of Medicine.
Isabel Arnold Jackson (1894-1899) was the granddaughter of Reverend Sam Small. The Atlanta Constitution reported her death, stating, “Isabel Jackson was the only child of Mrs. Lola Small Jackson and a bright and interesting child. She was sick only a short while and her death was entirely unexpected.”
4. Roderick D. Badger
Dr. Roderick Badger (1834-1890) was the first Black dentist in Atlanta. He was the son of Dr. Joshua Badger, a prominent white dentist in Dekalb County, and an enslaved woman named Martha. Roderick began his study of dentistry at age 16. He was later freed. In 1854, Dr. Badger became the first Black man to practice dentistry in Atlanta. He had both white and Black patients, and his patients were among the leading citizens of Atlanta. In 1855, Dr. Badger married Mary A. Murphy. They had eight children, including a son Ralph who also became a dentist.
5. James Tate
Formerly enslaved, James Tate (died 1897) became a businessman, minister, and teacher in Atlanta. He opened and taught at the first school for African Americans in Atlanta after the Civil War. With just $6 in inventory, he opened the first African American-owned business in Atlanta, a grocery store.
Bishop Henry Blanton Parks (1859-1936) attended Atlanta University for two years and became a teacher in Sugar Hill, Georgia before he was even 18 years old. He entered the ministry and went to St. Peter’s Chapel in New Orleans, where he stayed for four years. He became a deacon at Baton Rouge in 1879 and an elder in 1881.
Born in New York, Erastus F. Gould was listed as a lumberman in the 1880 census.
8. His head
Willie Young (1864-1867) was the only child of William and Bettie Young. We’re not sure what happened to his statue’s head!
Pernecia Eugenia Griffith McCool was born in 1842.
10. Kousa Dogwood
Known as the Japanese Dogwood, the Kousa Dogwood is a popular choice for home gardens and city green spaces. In spring, it produces star-like blooms. In autumn, it offers spectacular bright red color. Even in winter, this tree has an appeal all its own with bark that resembles a jigsaw puzzle.
Jane Stewart was born in Northern Ireland in 1835. Her hand rests on an anchor, which is a symbol of hope.
12. John Edgar Murphy
Born in Atlanta in 1862 to Irish immigrant parents, John Edgar Murphy worked his way up to become Atlanta’s leading capitalist. John married Julia Gatins, the sister of Georgian Terrace Hotel builder Joseph Gatins Sr., in 1893. John and Julia Murphy both loved the opera and worked to bring the Metropolitan Opera to Atlanta every year.
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