Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Gainesville High School Plaque Re-Dedicated


A brief but moving ceremony was held at Gainesville High School December 7th to re-dedicate the school's plaque honoring the memory of the four senior girls - Gwen McCoy, Ella Sue Mitchum,  Suzanne Moore and Francis Thompson - who perished in the 1946 Winecoff Hotel fire. 

New construction on campus has forced the plaque to be moved a few times over the years. This latest outside placement is in a prominent space on campus and is easily visible to visitors. Originally a wall plaque, it's now affixed to a large smoothed stone and looks excellent. 

Listen to Sandra Parrish's WSB Radio News report here. See Berndt Petersen's WSB-TV News report here. See Paola Suro's WXIA-TV News report here.

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Sunday, December 05, 2021

Gainesville, Georgia Plaque Re-Dedication December 7th

Winecoff fire victims Suzanne Moore, Ella Sue Mitchum, Gwen McCoy & Francis Thompson
The Gainesville Times reports a brief ceremony is planned at Gainesville High School December 7th at 4:30 p.m. to re-dedicate the plaque honoring the memory of the four senior girls who perished in the Winecoff fire. New construction on campus has forced the plaque to be moved a few times over the years. The public is invited. The Gainesville Times notice is here.

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Saturday, December 04, 2021

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 75th Anniversary Article

In Atlanta, December 7th is a date that lives in infamy for two reasons: the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the 1946 Winecoff Hotel fire. Veteran Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Bo Emerson has written an article for publication December 7th. But the article is already available for viewing on AJC.com, the newspaper's pay-to-read internet service that is free for regular subscribers. Emerson's 75th anniversary article is here.

Update: Bo Emerson's article has been picked up by the U.S. News & World Report website via the Associated Press. Read it here. The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer also has Emerson's article here .

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