GA-025-X01 Italians in Georgias Genesis


Marker text: Non Sibi, Sed Aliis - Italians In Georgia's Genesis - When James Oglethorpe left England to begin the new colony of Georgia. In 1732, one of the passengers was Paul Amatis and Italian artisan, skilled in producing silk. He was later placed in charge of Trustees Garden. Later, more Italian families came to pursue the task of producing silk. Joseph Ottolenghe is responsible for erecting a public filature in Savannah, on what is now Reynolds Square. It was at this filature that a one time record number of 15,212 pounds of cocoons was delivered for processing into raw silk. High hopes for success in this undertaking is exemplified on one side of the original Georgia Seal which depicts a mulberry leaf, a silkworm and a cocoon, with the encircled words; "non sibi sed aliis" "Not for ourselves but for others."

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