Georgia Southern graduate student, Tyler Hendrix, was the keynote at the monthly Bulloch County Historical Society meeting on Monday, March 28, 2022. Tyler went through his research presentation on Something Southern: A History of Mules in South Georgia. 

Paul H. Johnson (right) and his brother, Grover C. Johnson (left) and their mule George taken between 1912 and 1917 on the Georgia Southern Campus where their farm was located on old Register Road in Statesboro. Credit: Carrie Welter

It features a local mule barn (possibly the only one in Georgia) and included a documentary produced by the GS Communication Arts Department on a cane boil that was held last fall featuring a real mule, Earline. 

Tyler will shared the accompanying GSU museum exhibit that he is putting together.  This exhibit will show how mule power enabled Bulloch County to become a leading producer of Sea Island Cotton.

Tyler’s extensive research included some interesting tidbits as well including the comical fact that the first car arrived in Statesboro being pulled by a mule after it broke down on the way into town.

You can watch the entire program and presentation by Tyler Hendrix below:

The luncheon was held in the fellowship hall of Pittman Park United Methodist Church and catered by Annette McCray and her team from Touch of Class Catering.

Enjoy candid photos below of Historical Society members and guest who attended the meeting. Photos were taken by Lori Grice with Grice Connect.

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Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...