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Gone with the Wind Premiere: 80 Years Later

On December 15, 1939, nearly 300,000 people crowded around the Loew’s Grand Theatre to witness the premiere of the critically-acclaimed antebellum epic, Gone with the Wind. Atlantans celebrated the film during three days of festivities, which included an extravagant costumed…

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Big Bethel A.M.E. Church and Oakland Cemetery

This Friday and Saturday mark the 89th annual production of Big Bethel A.M.E.’s Heaven Bound musical, which was first performed in 1930 to raise funds for the church following a devastating 1923 fire that forced the congregation to rebuild their…

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Interpreting Atlanta’s Confederate History

More than 70,000 souls rest at Oakland Cemetery, including 6,900 Confederate soldiers buried in the Confederate Memorial Grounds. Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) is working to expand understanding of Oakland Cemetery’s Civil War history through contextual panels and digital exhibits. This…

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Jewish History at Oakland Cemetery

The month of May is a significant time for many Jewish Americans, including myself. In 2006, President George W. Bush designated the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month. Politicians, including Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator…

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Illuminating the History of Slave Square

During Illumine we are showcasing just a few of the interesting stories our creative team is shining a light on during this four-day light experience. From 1852, through the late 1860s, African Americans in Atlanta were buried in a segregated…

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