by Henry Bryant
The BATL organization has taught the rest of Atlanta about the relationship between the American Civil War and America’s Civil Rights movement. This year we are commemorating both the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. We live in a unique city that played a big part in our nation’s history regarding both the Civil War and Civil Rights. BATL’s Civil War to Civil Rights Program will bring characters from history to life in the East Atlanta Village for most of the day on July 19th near 450 Flat Shoals Ave.
Carrie Berry, Carrie Steele Logan, Mayor Calhoun, the Rev. James Tate, Donald Lee Hollowell and representatives of the 54th Massachusetts (colored) troops will be on hand to tell their stories and help connect the chapters of our history.
All of the programs will be offered for free. For more information or schedule of these programs go to www.batlevent.org or call 404-377-6148.
July 19, 2014
Civil War to Civil Rights Tent, near 450 Flat Shoals Ave.
10:30am – 5pm
10:30 – Life in the War Zone
Robert Mable story, farm boy, soldier, prison guard
Slave narrative – Josie Bailey
Women soldiers –
Carrie Berry’s diary –
Mary Gay, “Dealing with the Yankies”
Mayor Calhoun surrenders the Atlanta
11:30 – The Business Side of Atlanta
Rev. James Tate, “Father of Black Business in Atlanta” 1870
Carrie Steel Logan orphanage
Lloyd Adair, Atlanta street car conductor “tales of the rails”
12 NoonThe African American soldier through history
Joshua Washington and representatives from the 54th of Massachusetts
Civil War spies – The Pinkerton Agent, the beginning of the Secret Service
2:00Abe Lincoln from self-taught lawyer and politician…
through his years as President. Dennis Boggs becomes Abe
Atlantan Ina Evan’s grandfather served in the Atlanta Campaign
The Pullman Porter
Arthur Idlett, Atlanta Black Crackers baseball player
Senator Helen Mankin 1946 victory over the Klan
Ernestine Brown as Attorney Constance Baker-Motley
before The Supreme Court
“We stand with you,” Jewish support in the struggle
4:00Akbar Imhotep portrays civil rights icon Donald Lee Hollowell
“The man who went up against ‘the man.’”