Born in 1851 in Griffin, infamous gunslinger John Henry “Doc” Holliday spent a good chunk of his 36 years there. He left to attend the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, graduated in 1872, and returned to Griffin to set up a dental practice, earning him the nickname “Doc.”
His legacy is celebrated every year in Griffin the weekend after Labor Day with the Doc Holliday Festival, held this year on September 10.
The festival include reenactments of gunfights, vendors and family activities. Cash prices are awarded in the Doc Holliday BBQ Championship, which includes contests for brisket, steak, wings and desserts.
See the related story on Doc Holliday’s life.
– Jan Schroder, Editor-in-chief