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LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – January 22, 2018
The City of Lawrenceville will proudly join in Gwinnett’s Bicentennial Year of Celebration by participating in the Gwinnett Torch Run on Wednesday, January 24. The torch, currently on display at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in downtown Lawrenceville, will be carried by runners from Central Gwinnett High School to Lawrenceville City Hall, 70 South Clayton Street. City of Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson will carry the torch inside City Hall where the torch will be displayed until the next scheduled run. The public is invited to attend the ceremonial placement of the torch on display at City Hall during the City’s January work session beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24. The public is also invited to view the torch run on the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityoflawrenceville.
“The Gwinnett Torch Run is designed to commemorate Gwinnett’s bicentennial, celebrating the light that has guided our path to success over the last 200 years and the light that will guide us into the next 200 years,” commented City of Lawrenceville Mayor Johnson. “Spectators interested in following the torch run can do so on the County’s Bicentennial site, www.Gwinnett200.com.”
The bicentennial torch relay was first suggested by Bicentennial Advisory Committee member and Lawrenceville Mayor Johnson as a way to promote Gwinnett’s Bicentennial Year of Celebration, which will span from December 15, 2017 to December 15, 2018. Mayor Johnson recruited cross country and track teams from Gwinnett County Public Schools and Buford City Schools to serve as torchbearers in the yearlong relay.
Like the torch of the Olympic Games, the bicentennial torch represents goodwill and the connection between communities. The relay represents the journey that Gwinnett County has undergone from 1818 to today, from a largely agrarian community to one of the fastest growing, most diverse counties in the Southeast.
The runners will carry the torch to various historic sites, public facilities, and cities in Gwinnett throughout the bicentennial year. A traveling Gwinnett County history exhibit will accompany the torch to many of these locations including Lawrenceville City Hall. The exhibit will be on display at GJAC for self-guided tours from December 19 to January 29.
The torch relay will culminate at the County’s 200th Birthday Celebration on December 15, 2018, at the Infinite Energy Center.
The runner’s route is as follows:
(left) Nash St, (left) Clayton St, (right), Luckie St, (left) Jackson St, (right) Atha St (Shadow Lawn Cemetery), (straight) East Pike St (Lawrenceville Cemetery), (right) Perry St, (left) Oak St (Old Schoolhouse), (left) Culver St, (left) Crogan St.,(right) Perry St. (Lawrenceville Female Seminary), (left) Nash St. (Lawrenceville City Hall) Police Escort: Courthouse, Clayton St to Lawrenceville City Hall, Nash St (STOP).
Visit www.Gwinnett200.com for more information on Gwinnett’s Bicentennial Year of Celebration. For more information on Lawrenceville, visit www.lawrencevillega.org.