Friday, August 12, 2011

Austin Dabney -- Friend

The story of Austin Dabney continues... Austin Dabney's wound threatened his life and had it not been for the kindness and care of Giles Harris, a white fellow soldier, he probably would have died. 

In 1786, the state of Georgia granted Dabney 50 acres of land in recognition for his military service.  Additionally, the legislature provided 70 pounds to emancipate Dabney from his owner, Richard Aycock. 

At this point Dabney was a free man but due to the kindness of Giles Harris, he went to work for the Harris family.  Dabney became such close friends with the Harris family that he remained with them for the rest of his life and even supported their son, William, financially so that he could attend college and law school.  William named his son Austin Dabney Harris in honor of Dabney and Dabney, upon his death, left all of his posessions to Harris.  Dabney and Harris are buried side by side in the Harris family plot.  This story of friendship that crossed all kinds of boundaries is just amazing. 

Harris and Dabney buried side-by-side in the Harris Family plot

*Facts taken from the New Georgia Encyclopedia

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Austin Dabney -- Patriot

On Sunday, August 14th, the City of Washington will host a Black Patriot Monument Ceremony featuring well-known sculptor, Kinzey Branham, on the south end of the Square.  The ceremony will start at 2 pm and will honor Austin Dabney and other black soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. 

I just recently learned about Austin Dabney and I found his story to be fascinating.  Austin Dabney was a slave who moved with his master, Richard Aycock, to Wilkes County.  In an effort to avoid military service, Aycock sent Dabney as his substitute in the Georgia militia.  Dabney proved himself to be a good soldier and played an important part in many skirmishes against the British.  He served under Elijah Clarke and participated in the Battle of Kettle Creek, which took place near Washington.  During the battle, Dabney suffered a serious injury and a white soldier, Giles Harris, took Dabney to his home to care for him. 

Here is where the story really gets interesting -- but we will get to that part tomorrow :-).   

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Many of you who have visited the hotel over the past few years have had the pleasure of getting to know Oktay and Tatyana.  This past Friday Tatyana became a U.S. Citizen!  We at  the Fitzpatrick would like to offer her heartfelt congratulations!!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fresh Encounter with Richard Blackaby, August 11-13

I am very excited about Fresh Encounter, a ccommunity-wide Revival featuring Dr. Richard Blackaby, that will be held August 11-13 at 7:00 pm at the Pope Center in Washington.  Dr. Richard Blackaby is the co-author of Experiencing God and Fresh Encounter, among other books. 

Mike and I have had the privilege of going through a study that was based on Experiencing God.  Fresh Encounter discusses spiritual renewal and how that can happen in our world today. 

If you are able, please make plans to attend.  Fresh Encounter can also be accessed through Google Books.