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For 27 months, all Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Love of Polk County could do was worry about their son Crawford, a 25-year-old army private. More than 7,000 miles away, the avid hunter and fisherman had been confined in a Korean prison camp, where he watched guards beat his friends.
Roughly one week after imploding the Omni to make way for Philips Arena, demolition crews laced the 32-year-old Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium with 1,250 pounds of dynamite. The site would become a parking lot for the new Turner Field.
Flashback: How rolling acres of land became Lake Lanier, metro Atlanta’s largest source of drinking water
When crews broke ground on Buford Dam, the almost 39,000-acre area that would become Lake Lanier was home to approximately 700 families. During severe droughts, the water level drops, occasionally revealing remnants of the area’s former life.
In the summer of 1967, four doctors and Georgia photographer Al Clayton toured the rural South and Atlanta to document the shacks the country’s poor called home and the meager diets they consumed. Struck by the group’s testimony later that year, Congress would go on to pass the Food Stamp Act.
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