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Bagley Park is a monument to Buckhead’s historic Black communities—and a reminder of the racism that drove them out
In 1980, Bagely Park was renamed as Frankie Allen Park for a beloved Buckhead Baseball umpire. No one told the family of William Bagely, a leader in the Black community that lived on and was ultimately forced out of the land where the park stands. Last year, Bagley's granddaughter Elon Osby and the Buckhead Heritage Society helped restore Bagley's name to the park and remind residents of the area's history.
Thanksgiving Throwback: Check out these vintage photos of Georgia’s past turkey days
The Roosevelts dine in Warm Springs, Georgia Tech takes on Auburn, Joseph E. Lowery helps lead a sit-in protest, and more.
Great Speckled Beacon: A brief history of the underground paper that united Atlanta’s youth
The Great Speckled Bird was born in controversy. The front page of its first issue, in March 1968, featured an illustration of then-publisher of the Atlanta Constitution Ralph McGill, alongside Lyndon B. Johnson and Jesus, emerging from a cracked egg.
The Corpsewood Murders: 40 years later
What has changed in the 40 years since a pair of "gay devil worshipers" built a life together in the North Georgia mountains? A look back at the Corpsewood Manor murders, which occurred in 1982 outside Trion, Georgia.
Q&A: Till director Chinonye Chukwu on the importance of remembering Emmett Till’s story and his mother’s fight
Till—a heartbreaking biopic about Emmett Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, played by Atlanta-native Danielle Deadwyler—opens in select cities (including Atlanta) on October 14 and nationwide on October 28. Here, director Chinonye Chukwu discusses Deadwyler’s powerful performance and why the story of Emmett Till remains sadly relevant today.
Tasteless beginnings in Grove Park
Edwin Wiley Grove lost a wife and a child to malaria, inspiring him to create a “tasteless” treatment for the disease that contained quinine but sought to counteract quinine’s bitter flavor. It was in fact not tasteless but sweetened and lemon-flavored, and reputedly disgusting. By 1890, Grove’s tonic was apparently selling more bottles than Coca-Cola, in spite—or because?—of a chimeric ad campaign depicting the head of a baby affixed to the body of a pig: GROVE’S TASTELESS CHILL TONIC, it says. MAKES CHILDREN AND ADULTS AS FAT AS PIGS. Bottoms up.
6 Atlanta queer history facts you might not know
Way before there was a rainbow crosswalk in Midtown, Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ scene was flourishing. Queer history tends to focus on large cities like New York and San Francisco, but Atlanta’s actually been a haven for queer and trans Southerners since the early 20th century.
National Geographic Explorer and podcaster Tara Roberts on diving for slave shipwrecks
Tara Roberts spent the last few years following and diving with Black scuba divers as they document slave shipwrecks around the world. She retold those stories in her six-part podcast series, Into the Depths, and, in the process, found a way to honor the lives of lost ancestors
They came out slugging: The history of the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance
Fifty years ago, a ragtag group of queer women launched the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance, upending Georgia’s leftist politics with protest, performance—and plenty of softball.
3 Southern Juneteenth celebrations
Where to celebrate the first anniversary of the federal holiday