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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

A new exhibition at the Atlanta History Center documents Georgia’s earliest civil rights heroes

Starting January 18, the Atlanta History Center will honor Campbell, one of the first black men elected to the General Assembly, and more of the state’s pre–World War I civil rights advocates as part of the New-York Historical Society’s Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.
Black and white painting of the USS Wanderer on the sea

How one of America’s last-documented slave ships was used during the Civil War

The Wanderer, manned by Savannah aristocrat Charles Lamar, was one of the last-documented slave ships to land in America. Caught by Savannah natives (slave importation was illegal), it was eventually used as a gunner ship by the Union during the Civil War.
Montgomery

Explore must-visit museums and historical sites on a weekend getaway to Montgomery, Alabama

There’s a street in Montgomery that locals say is one of the most historic in America. A large fountain sits at the western end, the site of the city’s once-booming slave market. At the eastern end is the Alabama State Capitol, where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederacy. In between is Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor in the late 1950s.
Cyclorama

Redeeming the Cyclorama: Why the century-old attraction is anything but a monument to the Confederacy

Conceived in Chicago, created in Milwaukee, and premiered in Minneapolis, the Cyclorama was meant to celebrate the Union’s great triumph in capturing Atlanta and hastening the end of the Civil War. But when the painting moved South, new audiences flipped its meaning, bastardizing the spectacle into a testament to white Southern pride. For decades, it was a masterpiece of misinterpretation. Now, it has a new life at the Atlanta History Center.
Kennesaw Mountain

Hike Kennesaw Mountain

In 1864 this was the major obstacle between General William T. Sherman and his ultimate goal: Atlanta. Standing atop the 1,808-foot peak today, it’s easy to see why the site was so strategic.
Franklin, Tennessee

Destination: Franklin, Tennessee

Twenty miles south of Nashville, Franklin’s downtown is lined with boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and specialty shops, with scarcely a chain store in sight.
1295 Heards Ferry

House Envy: Heards Ferry tales stretch back centuries

From Native Americans to the Civil War to 70s communes, this Sandy Springs house has a fascinating past.
Drone Oakland Cemetery

A drone’s eye view of Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery first opened its gates to the public a decade before the Civil War. Now filled with ornate tombstones, mausoleums, and magnolia trees, the cemetery has seen more than 70,000 people laid to rest here, including Margaret Mitchell, six governors, 27 mayors, and thousands of unknown Confederate soldiers.

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