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Politically Incorrect Club visits historic site in Gainesville

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The PI Club outside of the Piedmont Hotel Museum. Photo courtesy of Lauren Neiheisel.

The University of North Georgia's Politically Incorrect Club visited the Piedmont Hotel Museum, the most historic place in Gainesville, Ga., in December. Richard Pilcher, the Longstreet Society president, spoke with students about Confederate General James Longstreet and some of the famous figures who visited his hotel during its operation, including President Woodrow Wilson, "Uncle Remus Tales" author Joel Chandler Harris, Henry Grady, Confederate General Joseph Johnston, and Union General Dan Sickles.

Longstreet is known today as a civil rights champion, one of Gainesville's earliest and most influential advocates of Catholicism, and the father of batter-fried Southern fried chicken. The museum's curators, Pilcher and Joe Whitaker, answered questions and hosted the 44 students and 20 additional members of the tour group.

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