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Articles on Atlanta History

Jimmy Carter

(b. 1924)

No matter your opinion of Carter’s four years in the White House, there’s no denying his imprint on the city of Atlanta. Read More

Coretta Scott King


Her husband grew up in the heart of Auburn Avenue, the center of black America. She grew up on a cotton farm in rural Alabama. That made all the difference. Read More

Joseph Lowery

(b. 1921)

Lowery, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, is nothing if not outspoken. Read More

Manuel Maloof


Maloof was the blustery barkeep who established a beer-soaked bunker for Atlanta’s Democratic establishment while he carved out his own political career governing the formerly Republican enclave of DeKalb County. Read More

Jesse Hill

(b. 1927)

Jesse Hill had his finger in every pie during the civil rights era, from the AUC student sit-ins to the election of Maynard Jackson. Read More

Bill Lucas

The Braves' first general manager may be the most important player you've never heard of.

Bill Lucas died too young to be remembered for accomplishments in terms of records. Still, he had lived long enough for Florida A&M football coach Jake Gaither to gather his emotions and call Lucas “one of God’s great men.” Read More

Donald Hollowell


If you wanted to fight injustice in the courts in the sixties—and win—you called the gutsy, stately Donald Hollowell, the go-to attorney for civil rights leaders and causes, Read More

Helen Bullard


Helen Bullard was the consummate Atlanta political insider. While her name is largely unknown today, her influence was wide-reaching. Read More

John Lewis

(b. 1940)

One of the youngest heroes of the civil rights movement, John Lewis moved to Atlanta in 1963 to head the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Read More

Benjamin Mays


The eighth child of former South Carolina slaves, Benjamin Mays rose to become the longtime president of Morehouse College, building it into one of the nation’s foremost African American institutions. Read More