2012 Inductees

Sarah Randolph Bailey (1885 – 1972)

Sarah Randolph Bailey is a woman who touched the lives of everyone she met, and made a profound impact on multiple organizations within the state of Georgia. Holding education in high esteem both in the classroom and in day to day life, she gave of her time and resources to care for and teach student and adults alike. Perhaps her greatest passion was the Girl Scouts. Her works left a lasting legacy as she was able to bring 15 troops of African-American girls into the Girl Scouts of America from 1945-1948.

Ethel Harpst (1883 – 1967)

Perhaps Ethel Harpst’s biggest gift was the time and effort she gave to so many children in need. During her early years of service with the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, she took in a number of children who had been orphaned by parents who succumbed to illnesses. This effort eventually lead to the establishment of the Murphy-Harpst Home where, today, Georgia’s severely abused children can go for healing and therapy.

Beulah Rucker Oliver (1888 – 1963)

The daughter of African-American sharecroppers, Beulah Rucker Oliver literally worked her way through school with the dream of becoming an educator. After earning a degree with honors, and she continued to work multiple jobs to achieve the dream of opening The Industrial School. Mrs. Rucker Oliver opened her first school on Norwood Street in Hall County. After having two schools in the city, she moved her facility out to the country where it eventually merged with the City of Gainesville school district in the 1950s.