Atlanta Vice Mayor Maynard Jackson campaigning downtown for mayor on election day 1973.
The mayoral election of 1973 came down to a run-off held on October 16th. That evening Maynard Jackson became Atlanta’s first African American mayor - winning with 59% of the votes.
Photo taken for Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s fashion section. 1954
Just strutting down the street in downtown Atlanta. Yeah, the ladies took notice.
Union generals select from the finest homes in Atlanta for their headquarters - all left vacant. General John White Geary, an ardent abolitionist, moves into a huge mansion called The Terraces. It is the home of a successful businessman Edward Rawson. A native of Vermont, he is one of Atlanta’s secret Union sympathizers.
Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta History Center commemorate the 150th anniversary of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 1864 march into Georgia with the original series, “37 Weeks: Sherman on the March.”
January 31, 1966, (Left to right) unidentified man, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Coretta Scott King, and Juanita Abernathy with unidentified residents of Vine City neighborhood in Atlanta while protesting the substandard housing in that area.
On October 14, 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He received the award for his commitment to nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement and his leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
See his acceptance speech, given on December 10, 1964 in Olso, Norway, on the Official Nobel Peace Prize website: http://bit.ly/ZBnJKC
View of cheerleaders and football players running onto the field before a football game between the University of Tennessee and Georgia Institute of Technology at Grant Field. c. 1966
Georgia School of Technology was founded on October 13, 1885. Sixty-three years later it became the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In addition to being a wonderfully talented author, Margaret Mitchell also donated her time and money to several worthy causes. During WWII she worked with the American Red Cross. She is pictured here in her Red Cross uniform. c. 1943
View of pilot Charles Lindbergh in a car with an unidentified military officer at Candler Field
On October 11, 1927 Charles Lindbergh landed The Spirit of St. Louis at Candler Field just months after having completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic. Lindbergh then paraded through downtown, where thousands gathered to catch a glimpse of the famous pilot.
"The House of Bargains" - the 1940s version of the dollar store? All about that deal!
c. 1940 - View of a commercial section of Decatur Street and Bell Street near downtown Atlanta. Later cleared to build Grady Homes.
View of children with the Liberty Bell in Piedmont Park during the Cotton States and International Exposition.
On October 8, 1895 the Liberty Bell arrived in Atlanta. It was led along a two mile parade to Piedmont Park where 50,000 people came to see it.
Hard at work in the Atlanta Journal office c. 1952. Bet they’re all secretly, not so secretly, counting down to 5 pm, Friday!
Sample of Red Clay Wilbur Kurtz showed to Selznick International Pictures’ Art Department
Wilbur Kurtz was Gone With the Wind's historian and technical advisor who ensured the film accurately depicted Atlanta, Tara, and the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
Excerpt from his diary:
" … and color, always color, must always be uppermost for GWTW is to be in Technicolor! He [William Cameron Menzies, Art Department] despairs of red soil - must have it …
January 11, 1939
Menzies said the red earth color could be partly solved using ground up bricks - an excellent idea, I thought.”
Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in Gone With the Wind exhibition on display at the Atlanta History Center July 2, 2014 - April 4, 2014. More details here: http://bit.ly/1pHpD8i
Bobby Jones at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA, April 1934 (the first year the Masters Tournament was held)
On September 27, 1930, Bobby Jones became the first on only golfer to win the Grand Slam: the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the British Amateur. Among his many life accomplishments, Jones created the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.
You can learn more about the Atlanta History Center’s permanent exhibition Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones here: http://bit.ly/Ylav48