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Georgia State Creed

"Georgian's Creed"   Adopted: March 4, 1939

The Georgian's Creed was adopted by the Georgia General Assembly with House Concurrent Resolution No. 17 on March 4, 1939. It's an interesting example of a Georgian's creed being officially recognized as the state's Georgian's creed.

Its words are credited to Mrs. A.H. (Sexta Eavenson) as were the words to the official pledge of allegiance to state flag adopted, four years earlier, in 1935.

H.C.R. 17


WHEREAS, the State of Georgia has never officially adopted a "Georgian's Creed" for the benefit of its citizens; and

[Sidenote: Preamble.]

WHEREAS, the adoption of a dignified and patriotic "Georgian's Creed" Would be of great help to all our citizens and particularly to the youth of our great State; and

WHEREAS, the following "Georgian's Creed" composed by Mrs. A. H. (Sexta Eavenson) Strickland, one of Georgia's great patriotic leaders, has been adopted by the following patriotic organizations, to-wit:

Crawford W. Long Chapter, U. D. C.,

American Legion Auxiliary, Atlanta Unit, No. 1,

American Legion, Atlanta Post, No. 1,

Fifth District, American Legion of Georgia,

Eight and Forty of Georgia,

Waldo M. Slaton American Legion Auxiliary, Unit No. 140,

Peachtree Hills Woman's Club,

Barrow County Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy,

Elberton Chapter, Service Star Legion,

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, the Senate concurring, that the following "Georgian's Creed" be adopted as the official "Georgian's Creed" for all citizens of our beloved State and its use authorized in all Georgia Schools and at any public or private meetings of the citizens of the State:

"Accepting, as I do, the principles upon which Georgia was founded, not for self but others; -- its Democratic form of Government, based on `Wisdom, Justice and Moderation'; -- its natural resources; -- its Educational, Social and Religious advantages, making it a most desirable place to live -- I will strive to be a pure upright Citizen, rejecting the evils -- loving and emulating the good.

I further believe it is my duty to defend it against all enemies, to honor and obey its laws, to apply the Golden Rule in all my dealings with my fellow Citizens.

I feel a sense of pride in the history and heroic deeds accomplished by my forebears, and shall endeavor to so live that my State will be proud of me for doing my bit to make my State a better Commonwealth for future generations."

On February 15, 1974, Governor Jimmy Carter issued the following proclamation, planting a tree on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol to honor Mrs. Strickland.

16 Feb 1974


WHEREAS: Mrs. Sexta Eavenson Strickland was one of Georgia's great patriotic leaders; and

WHEREAS: Through her ingenuity, thoughtfulness and untiring efforts, Mrs. Strickland prepared a "Georgian's Creed"; and

WHEREAS: This Georgian's Creed was adopted as the official Georgian's Creed for all the citizens of our beloved State by the Georgia General Assembly on March 4, 1939; and

WHEREAS: During ceremonies on Saturday, February 16, 1974, a tree will be planted on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol in honor of Mrs. Strickland; now

THEREFORE: I, Jimmy Carter, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby set aside the day of Saturday, February 16, 1974, as a day to honor the late Mrs. Sexta Eavenson Strickland as authoress of the Georgian's Creed and its pledge to the Georgia State flag.


"Georgian's Creed." Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia 1939. Georgia Secretary of State. Web. 14 Apr 2013.

Eavenson, Chandler. "Georgia: Elbert County: Tribute to Mrs. Sexta Eavenson Strickland." USGenWeb Archives. USGenWeb Archives. Web. 14 Apr 2013.

Yarbrough, Dick. "This proud Georgian thinks pledge of allegiance to state is a great idea." The Gainesville Times. The Gainesville Times, 03 Mar 2007. Web. 14 Apr 2013.

Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Additional Information

Georgia: Office of the Georgia Secretary of State.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Georgia state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.

A Georgia patriot: Sexta Eavenson Strickland, by Tommie Phillips LaCavera. 37 pages. Publisher: Printed by Classic City Print (1985)

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Georgia state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.