Nelson & Jasper history pages attract following
A photo of Georgia Marble workers on strike from a Nelson community Facebook page.
Back in the 1960s the Georgia Marble worker’s strike in Nelson, Ga. was a memorable time for people living there.
Kay Bruce, a native Pickens resident raised in Nelson, was just a young girl then. But now, thanks to a Facebook group dedicated to Nelson, Ga. those memories have been brought back to life for Bruce and its 316 other members who can view pictures from the Georgia Marble strike, as well as thousands of other photos from the south Pickens/north Cherokee stomping ground.
The Nelson Facebook group is open to anyone interested in joining, and comes with the following request in the page description: “Everyone currently living in Nelson post some recent or not so recent pictures or stories. Help us older former residents catch up on what is new. Especially anything about long time residents.”
At press time there were 189 picture folders on the “If you’re from Nelson, Ga. (PICKENS-CHEROKEE COUNTIES) What do You Remember?” page. Photo files include “City officials,” “Nelson schools,” Houses and Places,” “Around Nelson,” and dozens of other topics.
Members interviewed say they have spent hours thumbing through the photographs, and that they get excited with they see references to their family, or familiar buildings or landmarks that no longer exist.
Bruce said her sister, who now lives in Warner Robbins, Ga., has even connected with old friends from her hometown.
But Nelson is not the only city in the area with community Facebook pages. The “You know you’re from Jasper, Ga if…” and “You know you’re from Nelson when…,” have attracted over 1,000 followers each. People make postings requesting information about their family, old hang out spots or other landmarks - or just log on to chat about the old days.
If you’re interested in taking a peek into local Nelson history, just visit Facebook.com and type in “IF YOU FROM NELSON, GA (PICKENS-CHEROKEE COUNTY) WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER” into the search bar.