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Chinquapin Grove, unincorporated, was named by Freeman when first chartered, he created the name Dacula with a mix of letters, consonants and vowels, from Decatur and Atlanta.
Other suggestions were Hoke and Freeman Town, John Freeman was the postmaster, in 1905 he felt pressured to announce an official name to the post office.
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Growing, Dacula still has less than 5000 people as of the 2000 census and is in Gwinnett County Northeast of Lawrenceville.
Still, some believe that nearly one hundred thousand people live within eight miles of and within Dacula city limits. Dacula history includes the shocking murder in the early 1920s of a father and son. Jim and son John Bedingfield (sic Bennefield, Benefield) were chopped to death in 1927 in a country home on Stanley road a mile outside of town.
Dacula is also known for its robust school athletics and Little Mulberry Park. It is home to Hebron Baptist Church which recently finished building a 3,850 seat auditorium.
Dacula is home to Auburn University star running back Kenny Irons and Linebacker Michael Boley of the Atlanta Falcons lives in Dacula. Jaletta Long, Dacula High class of 2001, attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University, where she was the Feature Twirler with the Clemson Tiger Marching Band.