Celestine Sibley (1914-1999) won many awards and served many humanitarian causes during her career as a journalist, columnist, and author, becoming an iconic adopted daughter of Georgia. She was born on May 23, 1914, in Holly Florida to Henry Colley and Evelyn Barber, known as “Muv” later in Sibley’s columns. At age seven she and her mother moved to Creola, Alabama, where she was adopted by her stepfather, Wesley, Reeder Sibley. By the time she was 15 years old she was a student reporter at Murphy High School and worked on the weekends as a cub reporter at the Mobile Press Register. After her graduation in 1933, Sibley received a full time paid position at the Press, where she covered everything, earning priceless experience.
Read a full profile of Sibley on the Georgia Women of Achievement website.