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333 Hershey Lane
Clayton Georgia 30525

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LILLIAN E. SMITH
LILLIAN E. SMITH FOUNDATION
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LAUREL FALLS CAMP
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“Faith and doubt both are needed - not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve.”                                           Lillian Smith,

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1890
1897 • Born December 12 - Jasper, Florida
1900
1915 •  Family purchased property in Clayton, Georgia
1915 • The family moved to Clayton, Georgia
1915 - 1916 • Studied music at Piedmont College
1917 - 1919 • Studied music at Peabody Music Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland
1920
1920 • Returned to Clayton to work in the family Inn and teach elementary school
1922 -1925 • Took position as music director at a Methodist school in Huzhow, China
1925-1948 • Was Director of her family's camp - Laurel Falls Camp For Girls
1927 -1928 • Studied psychology during the winter season at Columbia Teacher's College
1930
1930 • Her father, Calvin Warren Smith, dies
1936 • Along with partner and camp counselor Paula Snelling- began a literary journal called Pseudopodia
1937 • Pseudopodia became the North Georgia Review
1938-39 • Lillian and Paula traveled to Brazil on a British freighter
1939 • Lillian and Paula received Rosenwald Fellowship for North Georgia Review
1940
1940 • Received second Rosenwald Fellowship for North Georgia Review
1942 • The North Georgia Review became South Today
1944 • Publication of Strange Fruit, her first full novel
1949 • Publication of
Killers of the Dream
1948 • Laurel Falls Camp Closes
1950

1951 • Met and became friends with Carson McCullers
1952 • Made a driving tour of the South, interviewing and collecting stories
195 •  Supreme Court rules in Brown vs. Board of Education that segregation is illegal in Southern schools
1954 • Called the Supreme Court decision - "every child's Magna Carta"
1954 • The Journey published - based on her coastal trip in 1952
1954 • Lillian and Paula begin a six month fact finding trip to India
1955 • The Civil Rights Movement makes its dramatic stand in the Montgomery, Alabama, bussing boycot
1955 • Authors the tract - "Now is the Time" calling for compliance with the Supreme Court's decision
1956 •  November 16, vandals burglarize and burn Lillian's bedroom and studio
1959 • Publication of the novel One Hour, an attack on McCarthyism
1960

1960 • Georgia Governor, Ernest Vandiver, Jr. names John A. Sibley to conduct hearings on desegregation
1960s early • Supplied articles to magazines such as Life, Redbook and McCalls and news papers including the New York Times              and the Atlanta Journal.
1961 -1962 •  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holds protests in Albany, Georgia known as the "Albany Movement "
1963 • October 1, W. W. Law, head of the NAACP forced Savannah city leaders to desegregate public and private facilities
1963 • August 28th - March on Washington
1964 • Publication of Our Faces, Our Words - about the no-violence movement of the 1960's
1966 • Died September 26th, in Clayton, Georgia at the age of 62
1968 • April 4th, Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the age of 39
1970
1972 • Anthology of her work from South Today - From the Mountain, published- edited by Helen White and Redding Sugg Jr.
1978 • The Winner Names the Age, another anthology by Michelle Cliff is published
1980

1986 •
A Southerner Confronting the South, Biography by Anne C. Loveland is published
1990
1993 •
How Am I To Be Heard: Letters of Lillian Smith is published - edited by Margaret Rose Gladney
1999 • Inducted into Georgia Women of Achievement
2000
2000 • Inducted into the Georgia Writer's Hall of Fame

50 YEARS