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The Summerhill Riot or the Atlanta Rebellion?: Uprising and Inequity in the "City Too Busy To Hate"

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_016_001.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    The Summerhill Riot is more heavily represented in the Ivan Allen Digital Archive than any other single event from the tenure of Mayor Allen. The number and range of documents in the archive reflect both the importance and the complexity of these events to Mayor Allen's legacy and the history of race relations in Atlanta. To date, there is no comphrensive resource on the events that became known as the Summerhill Riot. The Ivan Allen Digital Archive is the main repository of primary source material related to this historic event, making it a key resource in the development of the narratives about the Summerhill Riot.

    The Summerhill Riot, also known as the Atlanta Rebellion, is a series of events that began on September 6, 1966 in the majority black neighborhood of Summerhill following the police shooting of an unarmed black man, Harold Prather. A group of Summerhill residents, which grew to over a thousand people, gathered together in response to the shooting to protest

  • Record Created: July 31, 2019
  • Record Updated: September 6, 2019

The Rhetoric of "Race Relations"

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_008_007_003.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    These exhibits relate to "race relations" in Atlanta during the tenure of Mayor Ivan Allen (1962-1970). Each exhibit acts as kind of case study in various issues in the urban history of Atlanta. The documents in these exhibits address issues such as civil rights, discrimination and racism, housing policy, police brutality, the civic representation of communities of color, and momentus events of the Civil Rights era in Atlanta such as the Summerhill riots and the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Notable documents include a letter from a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan calling for the abolishment of the Community Relations Commission (CRC) and correspondence sent to the Mayor's office following the arrest of Stokely Carmichael, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Commmittee (SNCC), during the Summerhill riots of September 1966.

    The exhibit "The Community Relations Commission" is a set of documents from 1966-67 related to the CRC's role as an increasingly impo

  • Record Created: June 9, 2019
  • Record Updated: July 31, 2019

MARTA Planning and Development--The Early Days of Rapid Transit

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_006_009_002.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    The current shape of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) dates back to the 1960s after the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Study Commission released its recommendations for an extensive transit system in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs. These documents show some of the responses to the proposed rail and bus systems and give us a picture of MARTA's early development, community responses and concerns, as well as providing a window into transit issues for a major metropolitan area. Many of these same concerns are echoed today.

  • Record Created: August 7, 2019
  • Record Updated: September 9, 2019

MLK's Funeral

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_009_024_005.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    Like many, Mayor Allen mourned the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and feared for its implications. Documents in Mayor Allen's collection provide insight into Atlanta's preparation for MLK's funeral and concerns that it would exacerbate racial tensions.

  • Record Created: August 7, 2019
  • Record Updated: September 9, 2019

Mayor Allen and the Making of the Atlanta Braves

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_014_003_046.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    These exhibits relate to the campaign to bring a major league baseball team to the city of Atlanta, an effort driven by Mayor Allen's ambitious plans for construction of a stadium directly southeast of downtown. With a completed new stadium, Allen oversaw the move of the National League Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta. In April 1966, the Atlanta Braves played their first home opener at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

    The "Building the Stadium" exhibit collects 17 documents and photographs in chronological order, from October 1964 to April 1966, that offer a series of stories about the stadium's construction, including local and national newspaper clippings, photographs of the stadium's construction, and an opening day scorebook. Narratives within the exhibit include references to the stadium's impact on the neighborhood where it was built, baseball player Hank Aaron's attitude toward living and playing in Atlanta, and Mayor Allen's use of the stadium and the

  • Record Created: July 31, 2019
  • Record Updated: August 18, 2019

Economic Opportunities for Women

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_003_012_020.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    As more and more women entered the work force, community leaders recognized the need for support and job training. This exhibit provides insight into various initiatives including the job corp for girls and the need for single women to find safe housing.

  • Record Created: August 7, 2019
  • Record Updated: September 9, 2019

The Ku Klux Klan in Atlanta

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_013_012_005.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    Like many other cities in the US, especially in the South, the Ku Klux Klan had an active political presence. These letters give a brief picture into clan activities in Atlanta, including picketing and renting a park for an event.

  • Record Created: August 7, 2019
  • Record Updated: September 9, 2019

Urban Environment in Ivan Allen's Atlanta

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_012_006_031.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    These exhibits relate to environmental issues and the urban environment in the City of Atlanta during the tenure of Mayor Ivan Allen (1962-1970). While many of the documents within the exhibits tell individual stories or act as evidence of isolated events or concerns, read together they show the ways that issues of environmental justice, race, and poverty overlapped in Atlanta in the late 1960s.

    "The Pollution of Proctor Creek" exhibit follows a series of documents from throughout 1967 that create a narrative about the the city's response to the degradation of Proctor Creek on Atlanta's Westside, one of the largest urban watersheds in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Issues at stake include pollution, flooding, health effects to surrounding communities, water and sewage infrastructure problems, and the availability of state and federal funding.

    The exhibit "Parks and Rec: Atlanta's Outdoor Urban Environment" showcases a range of documents related to parks and rec

  • Record Created: June 9, 2019
  • Record Updated: August 8, 2019

Neighborhood Integration

http://allenarchive.iac.gatech.edu/originals/ahc_CAR_015_013_019_002.pdf
  • Result Type: Exhibit
  • Description:

    Like many cities in the US before the civil rights era and desegration, Atlanta housing was segregated. During Mayor Allen's tenure, the city grappled with the same issues many other cities faced: white flight and backlash against neighborhood integration. This exhibit contains some community letters to Mayor Allen and includes a Task Force recommendation on Integration and a White Paper that guided his administration.

  • Record Created: August 7, 2019
  • Record Updated: September 9, 2019