Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

January 13, 1938

On January 13, 1938, the Atlanta Daily World published a poem titled “Good Bye Anna Liza” by Thomas Jefferson Flanagan. The Daily World featured Flanagan’s “Up From Georgia With My Banjo” poetry column regularly from 1932 through the late 1940s. Flanagan moved to Atlanta from Lumpkin, Georgia, in 1919 and started working for the federal railway mail service, a job he continued until 1950. A 1978 commendation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners praised Flanagan as an artist “recognized throughout Atlanta, Georgia and the nation for his poetry...[which] has inspired the young and elderly alike through his continuing column in the Atlanta Daily World.”  When Flanagan passed away at the age of 93, the Daily World called him “Atlanta’s premier poet.”

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