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Georgia Historical Society Honors Bo DuBose '62

Washington and Lee alumnus Beverly M. “Bo” DuBose III has won the 2012 John Macpherson Berrien Award from the Georgia Historical Society.

The society gives the Berrien award for a lifetime of achievement in and service to Georgia history. It recognizes people for their vision and generosity in support of history organizations and promoting the mission of the Georgia Historical Society to collect, examine and teach Georgia and American history.

Bo, a member of the Class of 1962, which is celebrating its 50th reunion on campus this weekend, has been a board member, strategist, fund-raiser and supporter of organizations such as the Atlanta History Center, the Georgia Historical Society, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Civil War Trust, the American Civil War Center at Tredegar and the American Revolution Center.

Bo and his father created the nation’s largest private collection of Civil War artifacts. It consists of 7,500 individual Union and Confederate objects covering all areas of Civil War collecting — from firearms and swords to buttons and ammunition. In addition, they assembled a library of more than 1,000 research volumes. Those collections are now on display at the Atlanta History Center.

In making the award, the Georgia Historical Society noted Bo’s leadership through his appointment as the chair of a $40 million campaign to save our nation’s Civil War battlefields.

The Berrien Award was established in 2000 and named in honor of John Macpherson Berrien (1781-1856), one of the founders of GHS and the society’s first president. Berrien also served in the U.S. Senate and as the U.S. attorney general. DuBose will receive the award at GHS’s 173rd Annual Membership Meeting and Garden Party on May 17.