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Georgia Historical Society
Historical Marker Dedication: John Wesley Gilbert (c.1863 – 1923)

Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 10:30 a.m.
Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, off Druid Park Avenue in Augusta, Georgia, 30901

Dedicated by the Georgia Historical Society, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Paine College, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Open to the public and the media.

Born near Hephzibah, John Wesley Gilbert (c.1863 – 1923) is considered the first African-American archaeologist, whose pioneering work in Greece in the 1890s remains valuable to archaeologists today. A gifted classicist and linguist, Gilbert taught several languages, including Greek, Latin, and Biblical Hebrew, for more than 30 years at Paine College. He is also remembered by Methodist denominations for his role in establishing a Methodist mission in the Belgian Congo with Bishop Walter Russell Lambuth.

To learn more, please visit the Georgia Historical Society website or contact Elyse Butler, Manager of Programs and Special Projects, 912.651.2125 ext. 119, or

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