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He didn’t stay long

It was not long after 3-railroad lines were connected to a central point in north Georgia that people began beating a path to Atlanta. Word had spread of the abundant opportunities and cheap land and those seeking better lives were arriving to the young city every day. There were, of course, those looking for jobs with the railroad companies but there were also those in the service industries…merchants, carpenters, lawyers, realtors, waggoneers and the like. And where there are people, there are usually children and that was good enough for William White, who traveled to Atlanta from Utica, New York seeking to establish himself in the community as a teacher. Mr. White did not stay very long in Atlanta but he did leave a record that became, among other things, the subject of this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”


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