Renaming and Dedication of Ruth B. Crawford Highway

Posted by lsuggs | 03/21/2013 04:37 AM

(Augusta, GA)—In honor of Paine College alumna Dr. Ruth B. Crawford ’39, and by the Authority of the General Assembly of Georgia House Resolution 1643, the College is pleased to announce the renaming and dedication of Georgia State Route 4. On Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. the route will become officially known as the Ruth B. Crawford Highway.  The Resolution was spearheaded by Representative Wayne Howard.

This momentous occasion will take place on the campus of Paine College, in the Gandy Richardson Lecture Hall, located on the second floor of Haygood Holsey Hall. The community is strongly encouraged to attend this free and open to the public event.

About Dr. Ruth B. Crawford:

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Paine College, Master of Science degree in Education from Indiana University and an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letter from Paine College.

Crawford was employed as a teacher with the Richmond County Board of Education soon after her matriculation at Paine College. During her 38-year tenure, she provided opportunities for thousands of students to achieve academic excellence in a variety of academic areas.

In 1977, Crawford retired from the Richmond County School System and founded Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center where she served 30 years as its Founding Executive Administrator on a volunteer basis. During this time, she devoted her life community service, assisting the elderly, helping to provide food, clothing and shelter for the needy.  She also worked hard to continue educating youth and worked with the court system to rehabilitate first time criminal offenders.

Many have recognized Crawford for her outstanding achievements and generous contributions. She has been a lifetime supporter of Paine College, where she is a charter member of the President’s Club and has been selected as one of Paine College's Distinguished Alumni.  She also was commissioned to design the Paine College Flag.  Continuing her pursuit to provide education and access to students, The Ruth B. Crawford Endowed Chair in Education was established in her honor.

She has received honors and awards including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service from WJBF-TV, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from University Hospital, The Governor's Award from two different Georgia Governors, The Good Samaritan Award presented by the St. Joseph Foundation, the Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the J.C. Penny Gold Rule Award, and many more.

Today, Crawford continues to serve her community. She is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Paine College National Alumni Association, and Georgia Retired Teachers.  She is a member of the National Association of University Women; a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; and a member and Trustee Emerita of William Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  She has written and published three books, Woods Afire, The Greatest Story Never Told and Peace, Power and Purpose of Volunteering.

Ms. Crawford resides in Augusta, Georgia.  Her family includes children: Dr. George I. (Dee) Crawford, and grandchildren Dr. Christine Ruth Crawford, Drs. George I. (Monica) Crawford, Jr. and Drs. Marcus H. (Kristina) Crawford.

For more information on Paine College, please visit, or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821.8322, (803) 524.3195.


Photo caption: Paine College alumna, Dr. Ruth B. Crawford ’39.