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January 5, 1881 W. J. Gaines (Wesley John) Gaines proposes the establishment of a College for African-American youths in North Georgia.
March 15, 1881 H. I. Kimball, who had asked Atlanta to pay for 1/3 of the cost of the show, secures funding for the International Cotton Exposition in 6 hours.
  1881 International Cotton Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia
March 19, 1881 H. I. Kimball begins a fundraising campaign in New York City with the help of John Inman and Samuel Tannenhill, president of the New York Cotton Exchange
  1881 International Cotton Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia
April 4, 1881 State of Georgia grants a charter for the International Cotton Exposition.
  1881 International Cotton Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia
April 11, 1881 The Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, a college for African-American women, opens in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church on the corner of Mitchell St. and Haynes St. It will become Spelman College,
April 29, 1881 James Longstreet leaves Turkey
  James Longstreet
August 4, 1881 H. I. Kimball appears before the House Finance Committee to secure funding for the International Cotton Exposition. Statewide support for the project is mixed.
  1881 International Cotton Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia
August 13, 1881 Henry Flipper, the only black above the rank of Sergeant in the U. S. Army, is accused of embezzlement.
  Henry O. Flipper From Slave to Officer
August 13, 1881 Atlanta's Spelman College opens the first nursing school for African-Americans
August 27, 1881 Hurricane smashes the Georgia coast in the vicinity of Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
September 7, 1881 Poet Sidney Clopton Lanier dies, from complications of tuberculosis, which he caught at Point Lookout, Maryland a Union prisoner-of-war camp.
  Sidney Lanier
September 17, 1881 Court-martial of Henry Flipper begins
  Henry O. Flipper From Slave to Officer
September 17, 1881 Henry Flipper is found not guilty of embezzlement, but guilty of a lesser included charge, "conduct unbecoming."
  Henry O. Flipper From Slave to Officer
September 19, 1881 Some commercial vehicles are required to display licenses
September 19, 1881 Vehicles for hire in Atlanta must display a license tag.
September 24, 1881 Atlanta opens its first telephone exchange
October 5, 1881 1881 International Cotton Exposition opens at Oglethorpe Park in Atlanta
  1881 International Cotton Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia
October 26, 1881 Gunfight at the O. K. Corral
  Doc Holliday (John Henry Holliday)
December 7, 1881 Alfred Austell dies.
December 31, 1881 1881 International Cotton Exposition closes.
  1881 International Cotton Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia
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