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MEDGAR EVERS HOME MUSEUM

Medgar Evers had this ranch house built for his family soon after becoming the Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP. Its modest size belies its nationally significant place in American history. Typical of middle-class American housing in the post–World War II period, the one-story wood-frame house has brick and wood siding, a low hipped roof, steel casement windows, decorative metal posts, and a carport. ... more

CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

This huge museum of African American history expresses its purpose in form, motifs, and detail. The dome above a rotunda is based on African buildings, and the sculptural columns mimic a traditional African rope motif. The brass, bronze, mahogany, and marble materials are native to Africa. African masks, designed by Richard Bennett, mark the entrance and state the function. more

Sweet Auburn Historic District

The Sweet Auburn Historic District stretches just over a mile along Auburn Avenue east of Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Originally known as Wheat Street, Auburn Avenue was renamed in 1893, and over the course of the next few decades developed as a center of African American commercial, cultural, and spiritual life after restrictive Jim Crow legislation pushed the city’s black population eastward into what is today known as the Old Fourth Ward. Auburn Avenue became ... more

Freedom Rides Museum

This 1950s Greyhound Bus Station is a middling architectural example when compared to the sleek modernistic buildings that Greyhound erected in the middle of the twentieth century in pursuit of middle class American travelers. But this station, located in the shadow of the Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Courthouse, is of transcendent importance in the struggle for racial justice and serves as a reminder of the period of racial segregation. more

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