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Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority Announces 2016 Heritage Trail Medallion Recipients

Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority Announces 2016 Heritage Trail Medallion Recipients
The Heritage Trail Walkway Commemorates Daniel Ray Sosebee, Sr. and Mary Frazier Long

The City of Lawrenceville and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) have announced Daniel Ray Sosebee, Sr. and Mary Frazier Long as the 2016 recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallions.

The walking trail was constructed in 2013 to pay homage to individuals – throughout Gwinnett County history – who have made significant contributions to the City of Lawrenceville. The walkway commences at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, ends in front of Rhodes Jordan Park and is represented along the way by individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the development or wellbeing of Lawrenceville and/or its residents.

Right: Jim and Dan – Daniel Ray Sosebee’s sons2 men190

Daniel Ray Sosebee, Sr. held several distinguished positions throughout Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County. In 1958, he established the Sosebee Auto Supply Company in Lawrenceville where he was later joined by his two sons, Dan and Jim. A member of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, in 1991 he was named Gwinnett County Small Business Person of the year and later that same year Georgia Small Business Person of the Year. Sosebee – who also served in the United States Navy – gave Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County and the United States many years of dedicated service. 

Likewise, Mary Frazier Long – a fourth generation resident of Gwinnett County, raised in Lawrenceville – is well known for her passion for the Lawrenceville community. Mary serves as a local historian for the City of Lawrenceville and has written books, numerous articles and narrated a riding tour of the City for several years. Mary is an active member of the Gwinnett Historical Society and commits her time to many other groups that contribute to Lawrenceville’s development.

“Mr. Daniel Ray Sosebee and Ms. Mary Frazier Long exemplify the characteristics required to strengthen and develop a community,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “These individuals are well-deserving of this recognition as their contributions and efforts illustrate why we as a community are so proud of our 200 years of rich history.”

Medallion recipients are chosen annually and as the trail continues to grow, residents and tourists are able to explore the community and learn much more about its history.  

Nominations will be accepted for additional Medallion recipients from September 15 through November 15, 2016.  Applications can be downloaded at and any questions should be directed to the Lawrenceville DDA by emailing: