Seated in the heart of Southwest Georgia, Albany is a beautiful little not-so-small town. Called Thronateeska by its native inhabitants–the Creek Native Americans–it was named after an element that was superfluous in the area: Flint. Though the city was renamed when founded by American Nelson Tift in 1836, the sentiment of the original name hung around when the main river was deemed the “Flint River.”
Nelson Tift’s role in making Albany what it is today can’t be overstated. From education, to business, to transit–ships and railroads–he was invested in his city. It was was only two years later, in 1838 when Albany earned incorporated status. Home to many plantations, cotton production began to become the town’s main economic focus. Albany was built at the navigable head of a river exactly like its namesake: Albany, New York, and it wasn’t long before the Flint River began to be used to the cotton industry’s advantage.
Albany quickly became a shipping hub of the Southeast United States, and the construction of railroads only cemented Albany as a hub for shipping.
Albany also has a rich, albeit mostly unknown, history in the Civil Rights movement. In the early 1960s, heroes among the movement earned the right to vote, desegregation of public services and spaces, and the abolition of Jim Crow laws. Through non-violence and protests, the residents of Albany, Georgia became a gleaning example of what it looked like to effectively push for change within a corrupt system and standing up for what was right. It wasn’t until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, however, that these rights became cemented for Black Americans.
Home to a prominent Marie Corps base, Miller brewing Company, and Albany State University, and Kendrick Brothers Productions (formerly Sherwood Pictures), many unsuspecting entities call Albany home.
Some notable productions produced by Kendrick Brothers Productions / Sherwood Films are: Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous, and Flywheel.