Griffin is a town in and the county seat of Spalding County, Georgia. It is a part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 23,643. Griffin became founded in 1840 and named for landowner Col. Lewis Lawrence Griffin. Several notable figures are from Griffin, GA, and numerous well-known movies and shows have been filmed in the city.
Griffin Technical College was placed in Griffin from 1963 and a branch of Southern Crescent Technical College is in Griffin. The Griffin Synodical Female College turned into mounted via Presbyterians but closed. The University of Georgia maintains a branch campus in Griffin.
While offering Jehovah’s Witness Bible tracts in 1938, Alma Lovell was arrested for violating a city ordinance requiring prior permission for the distribution literature. In Lovell v. The City of Griffin, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the city had violated her First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
The Griffin Commercial Historic District is found within the borders of Central Alley, Sixth Street, Taylor Street and Eighth Street. Within this district, you may find the Griffin Grocery Company Building, now the Griffin Regional Welcome Center.