Do Atlanta’s African-American landmarks really matter?
Our very own Brother Jeffery L. Robinson recently poses a question to our community in the local Atlanta Creative Loafing. Providing perspective on key places in the city of Atlanta that hold significance not only to the history of members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. but also the Atlanta African American community at large. Below is a short excerpt from the article and link to the source document.
We, the city, can save these buildings. But first, the public must acknowledge that the contributions of African Americans to the design, development, and building of the “city too busy to hate” and the “Black mecca” do matter. These contributions continue to have a profound impact on the growth of Atlanta. Buildings located within the King Historic District played a vital role in Atlanta receiving funds for the Atlanta Streetcar, which is an asset to the city. More educational tours and programming for these buildings must be developed to enlighten the public about these landmarks’ significance. African-American-constructed buildings inside the King Historic District tend to receive some attention regarding the need for their historic preservation. But Atlantans should also direct their attention to buildings outside that area as well.
Most importantly, our buildings must be preserved. Residents and civic leaders should pursue a more vigorous commitment to the preservation of these landmarks. These endangered buildings require more than appreciation. They require adequate funding from the public and private sectors for repairs, improvements, and protection from demolition or major alterations.