Entries by Jamil Zainaldin

The Galloway School uncovers and honors building’s past as Fulton’s poorhouse

This week, BETH FAROKHI, a retired educator, recounts The Galloway School’s efforts to recognize the historic past of its campus.

Just as every person has a unique story, every building has a distinctive story to tell. The longer a building stands, the more stories it gathers. The rich memories may be hidden, but uncovering one story at a time brings life into its walls, ceilings, and floors. Walking through the doors or peering through the windows only reveals a small inkling of what treasures are lying in wait. Peeling back the layers of years and occupants and learning what happened within the building from those who witnessed its history brings a structure to life in ways that are surprising and fill the blank pages within its walls.

Early investments helped make Georgia a tourist destination

This week, GEORGIA HUMANITIES introduces “Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism in Modern Georgia,” a digital exhibition that explores the development of tourism in Georgia.

With attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, the Savannah Book Festival, and museums and preserved historic properties located across the state, it should come as little surprise that tourism is one of Georgia’s top industries. “Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism in Modern Georgia,” a digital exhibition developed in 2015 by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia, explores how Georgia’s tourism industry developed and transformed the state from a stop along the route to Florida to a place worth visiting in itself.

From Valley Forge to Gettysburg, experiencing history makes an impact

This week, CHARLIE CRAWFORD, president of the Georgia Battlefields Association, recalls the impact of childhood visits to historic sites.

Whether your ancestors arrived on the Mayflower or your family landed at Atlanta’s airport last year, you will be a better citizen and will be more prepared to cope with the disparate information that cascades towards us if you know how this country got to where it is. While you’ll learn from a visit to any historic site, whether it relates to the Revolutionary War or the struggle for civil rights, you should have some knowledge of the Civil War, quite likely the greatest crisis this nation ever faced. I want those battlefields to be around for this and every succeeding generation.

Digital history in the making with Antioch A.M.E. History Project

This week, JULIA BROCK, of the University of West Georgia’s Center for Public History, and TIGNER RAND, of Antioch A.M.E. Church in Stone Mountain, discuss their work to preserve the history of a local church.

Antioch A.M.E. was the first African American church to be founded in Decatur after the Civil War (1868), and from its earliest days was more than a place of spiritual sustenance. It was instrumental in helping blacks define freedom after the end of slavery. And yet, the history of Antioch — at least, in its physical records — does not exist in any archive. A group of public historians and church members is trying to change that.

Students tell the stories that make us a nation through National History Day

This week, DAVID A. DAVIS, a professor at Mercer University, explains the ways students grow when they take a closer look at history with National History Day.

Most Americans have a story about how their family came to this country. With the exception of Native Americans, most people who call themselves Americans can look back to a point when immigrants came to this country. Some came by choice, and some came by force. This is an important point, because not all of our stories are happy and heroic. We have stories about wars, disasters, diseases, and failures, but we also have stories about exploration, growth, human rights, and success. What makes us a nation is how these stories fit together in an overlapping narrative that defines the United States. What makes National History Day most important is the way these students learn to tell the stories that make us a nation.

A friend of America’s first presidents, Andrew Ellicott put Georgia on the map

This week, columnist WILLIAM J. MORTON, author of Andrew Ellicott: The Stargazer Who Defined America, introduces Andrew Ellicott, the early American surveyor who helped determine Georgia’s boundaries.

Andrew Ellicott and the state of Georgia? “Never heard of him” would be the response of most Georgians — and most Americans. Though understudied by historians, Andrew Ellicott’s work as a surveyor was respected by America’s early presidents, and he played a key role in determining boundaries within the young nation.

From ballpark to Ponce City Market, this magnolia has survived a century in the city

This week, CHRIS DOBBS, assistant editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, shares the story of the Ponce de Leon Ballpark magnolia tree, part two in our series of sports stories in association with Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition sponsored by Georgia Humanities.

The Ponce de Leon Ballpark magnolia tree, located near 650 Ponce de Leon Place, N.E., was recently named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the “20 Atlanta trees you should know” — with good reason. The tree is between 90 and 100 years old. It has a great view of the Atlanta Beltline, and over the past century, it’s had a great view of Atlantans working and relaxing together.

What Henry Grady can teach Atlanta about sustainable growth

This week guest contributor WILLIAM D. BRYAN, a Georgia State University professor of environmental history, explores the concept of “constructive, not destructive, development” devised by Georgia’s “New South” economic leaders.

It may seem counterintuitive to look to Henry Grady for advice about sustainability. As the famed editor of the Atlanta Constitution, Grady is best known as the spokesman for a “New South” of industrialism and urbanization after the Civil War — a vision that depended on intensively using valuable resources like soil, timber, and minerals to fuel economic growth. The poor environmental legacies of New South development are still evident, especially in Atlanta.

Cheers to collaboration: Oakland Cemetery creates a new beer with Red Brick Brewing Company

This week, ALLISON HUTTON, program coordinator at Georgia Humanities, shares the story of the special relationship between Atlanta’s oldest cemetery and its oldest brewery.

In the creation of a limited-edition beer for Tunes from the Tombs, Oakland Cemetery provides the featured ingredient and Red Brick Brewing Company provides the expertise.

“Remember Goliad:” Georgians in a desperate land

This week, JOSEPH H. KITCHENS, executive director of the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University, remembers a group of Georgia soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

You may have heard that when Sam Houston’s forces defeated the Mexican army in 1836, freeing Texas from Mexican control, their battle cry was “Remember the Alamo!” They also shouted “Remember Goliad!” in honor of James Walker Fannin Jr. and group of soldiers from Georgia who had been massacred at “the other Alamo.”

How Georgia influenced FDR

This week, KAYE LANNING MINCHEW, retired director of the Troup County Archives, introduces her new book, A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia, a co-publication of Georgia Humanities and the University of Georgia Press.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt “discovered” Warm Springs, Georgia, and its beneficial warm waters in 1924 as he sought to overcome the effects of polio. He grew to love the state and its people, and returned many times over the next 21 years.

National Archives hosts Atlanta conversation about individual rights and our constitution

This week, guest columnist JIM GARDNER, executive for Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries, and Museum Services at the National Archives, discusses an upcoming program at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

In commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives is launching its “National Conversation on Rights and Justice” with a two-day program in Atlanta at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Heroes, dogs, and the wet nose of justice

This week, ALLISON HUTTON, of Georgia Humanities, introduces Melissa Fay Greene’s forthcoming book, The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love.

“Our bond with dogs is an ancient facet of our humanity,” claims Melissa Fay Greene, award-winning author of The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love, forthcoming from Ecco/Harper-Collins on May 17.

Two Jewish brothers helped integrate sports in Atlanta, making way for the Braves, “America’s Team”

This week, in honor of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition sponsored by Georgia Humanities, MARK K. BAUMAN, editor of Southern Jewish History, and JEREMY KATZ, director of the Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History of the Breman Museum, share a story about Atlanta’s hometown team, the Braves.

The color barrier for major league baseball was broached when Jackie Robinson debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947. A few months later, Larry Doby donned the uniform of the Cleveland Indians. Numerous challenges lay ahead for integrated teams and the segregated South.

How Atlanta Remembers

This week, ALLISON HUTTON, program coordinator at Georgia Humanities, explores the ways Atlanta remembers the Holocaust.

What — and how — does Atlanta remember? Recent years have seen Atlanta remember the Civil War through battle reenactments, exhibitions, and lectures on the occasion of the war’s sesquicentennial. Anniversaries notwithstanding, Atlanta’s Civil War past has always been important, as demonstrated by the city seal. The dates on the seal, 1847 and 1865, reference Atlanta’s beginning and its re-beginning, respectively. The motto spanning the top of the seal, resurgens (Latin for “rising again”), references Atlanta’s postwar recovery after being burnt by Sherman’s Union forces in November 1864. The seal’s mythical phoenix, rising from the flames, points to a connection between tragedy and triumph, the latter made all the more meaningful by the former.

Sapelo Island midwife among those honored at annual Georgia Women of Achievement induction ceremony

This week, guest columnist BETTY HOLLAN, executive director of Georgia Women of Achievement, recognizes the achievements of Sapelo Island midwife Katie Hall Underwood.

If you visited Sapelo Island from 1920 until 1968, you may have seen a strong, lean woman briskly walking from one end of the island to the other, a long seven-mile stretch, her mind set on delivering another baby into this world. Born into a family of freed slaves in 1884, Katie Hall Underwood was the last of a long line of Sapelo midwives. Her skilled hands and soothing demeanor brought generations of proud Gullah-Geechee people into the world.

Atlanta hosts Irish centenary celebrations

This week, guest columnist MARILYNN RICHTARIK, professor of English at Georgia State University shares the story of Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916 and the ways Atlanta is commemorating its centenary.

100 years ago this month, after a small group of activists seized key buildings in central Dublin during the Easter Monday holiday, poet and schoolmaster Patrick Pearse stood outside the rebels’ headquarters in the General Post Office and read aloud a Proclamation declaring an Irish Republic to a handful of bemused passers-by. Within days, the British Army had quashed the Rising; within weeks its most prominent leaders had been summarily executed. This brutal reaction, though, turned what had been a fringe movement in favor of the complete separation of Britain and Ireland into a popular cause with martyrs. As Irish poet W. B. Yeats put it in “Easter, 1916,” a “terrible beauty” had been born.

How Georgia got its northern boundary – and why we can’t get water from the Tennessee River

This week, guest columnist WILLIAM J. MORTON, author of The Story of Georgia’s Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography, shares the story of Georgia’s mismeasured northern boundary.

What does Georgia — more specifically, Atlanta — need to thrive? Today, like many large and expanding metropolitan areas across the United States, it needs water. The drought of 2008 in Georgia brought renewed attention to the fact that if the Georgia/Tennessee boundary had been properly surveyed along the 35th latitude, then plenty of water from the Tennessee River would be available for Georgia’s citizens. This is the story of Georgia’s mismeasured northern boundary.

According to the peafowl: Andalusia Farm and Flannery O’Connor’s birds

This week, guest columnist ALLISON HUTTON, program coordinator at Georgia Humanities, examines how Andalusia Farm, former home of author Flannery O’Connor, uses animals to tell Georgia’s story.

In the children’s book Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows have found a typewriter and have taken to writing him letters about conditions in the barnyard. With the exception of the Chick-fil-A cows decorating billboards that line the interstate, there have been no reports of literate cows in Georgia (yet). Still, animals are an essential — and charming — part of the way that many Georgia museums and historic sites tell their stories.