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The History of Atlanta, Georgia

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From dinosaurs to explorers to wars, here's what seven local experts had to say about the history of Atlanta, Georgia.

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If moving to Atlanta, Georgia, the city is vibrant in history, culture, arts, theatrical plays, and entertaining nightlife! The city has an uptick in violence!

No better place to live. It has it all. A very civil environment. Peaceful and enjoyable. The history and politics of Georgia could dissuade a newcomer, but hopefully not. The festivals, culture and diversity are great experiences. An over abundance of worship centers. Overall, amazing with many options of enjoyment, ie museums, parks, tourist sites, etc. I ❤️ Atlanta!

Phyllis, says: 2023

Atlanta is home to the Civil Rights Movement and till this day you can find historic sites honoring the end of racial discrimination, disenfranchisement, and racial segregation. These places include the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park (which includes MLK’s birth home), the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Apex Museum, and many more. It’s no secret Atlanta is a landmark for social change.

Kendra, says: 2020

Atlanta has a rich black history and continued representation of black excellence. With only a ten-minute train ride from my home to the heart of downtown Atlanta, you can immerse yourself in the history of the civil rights movement and more with incredible documentation of those pivotal moments in history at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, across the street from the historic Centennial Olympic, photos spanning from the 1950s and 1960s to current struggles for civil and human rights around the world. Walking through the circular building, you can feel how different photographs struck an emotional chord with each visitor.

Keshia, says: 2020

Atlanta is a large city and has a fast pace of living. The cost of living here can be expensive. However, Atlanta holds great cultural and historical significance, and there is always something to do in the city. Anyone living here will find it difficult to be bored.

William, says: 2020

Every corner and every street has a piece of history, including the country’s top historically black college. Neighborhoods are gradually becoming more affluent. As the city progresses, it can feel like the city is at stake of losing its rich history of change and equality for all. Across southwest Atlanta, you can stand in front of portraits of Outkast, John Lewis, and other cultural icons that have shaped the city and what it means to be from Atlanta.

Alexis, says: 2020

Some of the biggest hip-hop artists have thrived in the entertainment business including Migos, Ludacris, Ciara, 2 Chainz, etc. The city is gifted and thrives with deep roots within its history. It is known that Georgia was a Confederate state that participated in slavery and other gruesome practices. Such horrors are still displayed to the public for monumental purposes in a few locations. However, this is not showcased in Atlanta.

Andrea, says: 2020
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