Atlanta magazine - This Week in Atlanta History


Birth of Martha Lumpkin, Atlanta's namesake

August 25, 1827

Atlanta wasn’t really planned. It just kind of ... happened. Our streets follow the lines of former cow paths (which explains why I always get turned around on Moore's Mill). And our name evolved in a similarly scattershot manner. Read More

The integration of Atlanta Public Schools

August 30, 1961

On the morning of August 30, 1961, nine African American students headed for the first day of classes at four all-white Atlanta high schools. They were shadowed by hundreds of reporters, dozens of police officers, and crowds of parents, politicians, and onlookers. Read More