Hamilton Holmes (1941-1995)
@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
DescriptionEncyclopedia article about Hamilton Holmes who is best known for desegregating Georgia's universities. One of the first two African American students admitted to the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens in 1961, Holmes was also the first black student admitted to the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta two years later. He knew early on that he wanted to be a physician, like his grandfather Hamilton Mayo Holmes. Holmes attended Atlanta's Henry McNeal Turner High School, considered the most prestigious high school for black students in Atlanta's segregated public school system. He graduated from Turner in 1959 as valedictorian, having served as both president of his senior class and cocaptain of the school's football team. Before being admitted to the University of Georgia he attended Moorehouse College in Atlanta.The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.