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Forward Atlanta

Forward Atlanta was a multi-million dollar marketing campaign launched by the City of Atlanta in the 1920s that is still influencing the city in 2022. I hope by the end of this sho...

Chain Gang

While convict leasing, as a system, was abolished in Georgia in 1908, the chain gang era immediately followed and operated through 1955. Chain gangs installed water and sewer syste...

Death of Thomas Delbridge

In September of 1896, Thomas finished dinner, told his wife not to wait up, and rode the streetcar to Lakewood Park. There, he rented a bathing suit and a row boat and ventured ou...

Atlanta Humane Society

This week, I am covering the fascinating history of the Atlanta Humane Society, from the formation of the Atlanta Branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in ...

Jasper Newton Smith

With one of the most recognized mausoleums at Oakland Cemetery, Jasper Newton Smith spends eternity cast in stone looking over the cemetery. He purchased the plot 25 years before h...

This month, 105 years ago, the Great Fire of 1917 swept through Atlanta. Over the course of 10 hours, we lost 73 square blocks, more than 300 acres, 1938 buildings and 1900 homes. ...

"Atlanta's Petticoated Sherlock Holmes" - that's how the newspaper's described Hattie Barnett, the city's first licensed female detective. With very little information to be found,...

Women in World War I

World War I was the first conflict where American women were allowed to enlist in the armed forces and 100K men and women from around the State of Georgia contributed to the war ef...

Georgia State Lottery

This week, we're talking about the Georgia State Lottery. If you ask Google when it began, it will tell you 1991...but the truth is that is formed in 1866, and the story is rife wi...

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