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Type: StillImage | Photographs
Creator: Karell, Mark Jeremy
Title: Harris, Joe Frank
Date: 1987
Description: View of Joe Frank Harris as he is sworn in as Governor of Georgia in front of his family on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia.

Local identification number: VIS 158.01.165

Joe Frank Harris was born on February 16, 1936 in the Atco Mill Village of Cartersville, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1958 with a degree in business and returned to Cartersville to join the family run cement business, Harris Cement Products, Inc. Harris was persuaded to run for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1964 and served nine terms, becoming the chairman of the Appropriations Committee in 1974. He ran for and was elected Governor in 1982. As Governor, Harris created and implemented the Quality Basic Education Act (QBE), built the Georgia Dome, created the Technical College System of Georgia, and lured the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta. After his two terms as Governor, Harris was appointed to the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia and currently serves on the Board of Directors for AFLAC.

Local identification number: ahc158001165a.jpg

Subjects: Podiums--Georgia--Atlanta | Politicians--Georgia | Politics and government--Georgia--Atlanta | Judges--Georgia--Atlanta | Legislators' spouses--Georgia | African Americans--1980-1990 | Harris, Joe Frank | Georgia State Capitol (Atlanta, Ga.) | Atlanta (Ga.) | Fulton County (Ga.)
Contributors: Atlanta History Center
Online Publisher: Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305, 2009
Original Material: Southline Press, Inc. Photographs, Atlanta History Center
Rights and Usage: This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through The Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.
Persistent Link to Item: http://collections.atlantahistorycenter.com/u?/southline,145

Related Institutions: Atlanta History Center
Collection Information: Southline Press, Inc. Photographs