Junto is Latin for ‘Meeting’. The Southern Junto is a set of websites fashioned after the debate and civic improvement club established by Benjamin Franklin and a group of tradesmen, and professionals in 1727 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. That Junto club, pften called the Leather Stocking Club, was created and structured to foster civil discussion for mutual improvement.
From that ‘Junto’ sprung numerous American institutions we know today. Among those were:
The first lending library
The first private security firm
The first police department
The first American public university
The Southern Junto is a site created to capture the spirit of civil improvement, both self and community.