The Arch has stood through countless historic events, including the desegregation of UGA in 1961, the emergence of the automobile, and two world wars. It is also a common spot for political protests and demonstrations. Despite its history, the Arch is still most simply known as a symbol of Athens and UGA.
In fact, this tradition is so well known, and often believed, that the steps to either side of the Arch have worn down from students avoiding going through. It is believed that this tradition was started in the 1900s when student Daniel Redfearn vowed that he would not pass under the arch until he graduated. This idea spread, and soon became a steadfast tradition.The Arch was renovated this past summer, which including removal of the top portion. The three pillars were not removed since they are embedded in the steps, but the Athens icon was still able to be cleaned and received a fresh coat of black paint.
The Arch has seen Athens change drastically over the many years it has been standing, and will certainly continue to be a silent witness to many new changes to come.