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  • Annabella Jean-Laurent

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    Annabella Jean-Laurent is a freelance journalist covering news about race, gender, and culture. Her current research focuses on the early beginnings of the civil rights movement in Atlanta.

 

Flashback: The 1895 Cotton States Exposition and the Negro Building

As we wrap up Black History Month, remembering an often overlooked chapter in Atlanta's history.

The Negro Building was the first designated space, since Emancipation, for the showcase of African-American achievement in a white-dominated setting. Without it, the Exposition committee could have not received federal backing, and those funds appropriated from Congress, are what helped make the fair an international success. Read more...