Summer 2015 Meetup

Date: August 13, 2015

Location: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Time: 7 pm

Join us for the summer Atlanta Studies Meetup at Manuel’s Tavern! These quarterly meetings will showcase Atlanta-focused projects and bring together a group of folks interested in our city. We will provide a few snacks. Buy your own drinks. RSVP here.


Shannon Byrne / The World Comes to Stone Mountain, Summit of a New South

Fifty-two years after Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed, “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia,” a diverse community thrives atop Stone Mountain, a mountain still considered emblematic of Old South racism by many, and its Confederate memorial carving and the Confederate flags flying at its base of have been the subject of recent controversy and renewed debate. A year ago, East Atlanta resident (and Stone Mountain native) Shannon Byrne created a website called I Am The Mountain, an online experience of Stone Mountain’s inspiring multicultural transformation. humbly attempts to illustrate freedom ringing at long last here and to celebrate all of the new faces that are reclaiming the mountain today, 100 years after the KKK declared Stone Mountain its 20th Century rebirth place on November 25, 1915. Such reclamation insists that a comprehensive history of the mountain itself be available to park goers, especially its most difficult chapter involving the Klan, along with better representation of the many other cultures’ historical experiences before, during, and after the Civil War era being memorialized, such as black Americans and Native Americans.

Ruth Dusseault / Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern

Students of history, political science, urban planning, sociology, film, architecture, computing and other disciplines will work independently or in the classroom to “unpack” the organic archive that has accumulated over 60 years on the walls of Manuel’s Tavern. GSU and Emory’s ECDS will create a gigapixel map like this one, of the tavern walls. Students can then choose images they wish to research and compose content for pop-out metadata pages including text, video, interviews and links to other sources from local, national and international archives.