Originally created 01/01/00

Peter Knox

It's hard to imagine what life in Augusta would be like without Sacred Heart Cultural Center, the scene of so many weddings, concerts and social and business functions. But, there was a time in the '70s that the run-down, homeless-inhabited, former Catholic church was slated for demolition. This Thomson native stepped in and brought about its restoration to its former greatness. He also was responsible for restoring more than 175 homes in three Augusta historic districts including his rejuvenation of Olde Town. His successful business career took off with a building supply company he started in 1932. Knox created foundations that resulted in Methodist-provided programs, buildings for colleges and homes for poor people through Habitat for Humanity. He died in 1993 at age 81, but his memory lives on in the good things he and other members of his family did for Augusta.


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