Below is a listing of Atlanta museums and centers commemorating the African-American role in Atlanta's fight for Civil Rights. Celebrate this rich history by visiting any one of these African-American museums in Atlanta.
Travel through history with the lifelike replica of the Yates & Milton Drugstore (one of Atlanta's first black-owned businesses), an impressive Hall of Achievement, and a viewing of "The Journey."
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta has mastered maintaining our ties to the past by appreciating our history. Southern Folk art, Olympic memorabilia, and Civil War artifacts are constant reminders of the evolution of Atlanta. Drop by the Atlanta History Center for a first-hand look at where the city has been, and develop a newfound appreciation for the future.
Center for Civil and Human Rights
While undeniable strides have been taken towards equality, there is still progress to be made. The Center for Civil and Human Rights, opening in 2014, will be dedicated to working towards a peaceful existence for present and future generations.
The King Center
In 1968, after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, wife Coretta established the King Center to honor the life and works of her husband. The serene courtyard fountain, library, and many exhibits give those who tour the facilities a closer look at the man who left a larger than life legacy.
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
As the former governor of Georgia and President of the United States, Jimmy Carter is a true philanthropist and asset to the fight for human equality. Atlanta continues to show appreciation for Carter's impact, with the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum—a popular spot for tourists, schools, and proud Atlantans. Visitors will find countless documents from the Carter administration and an archive of thousands of photographs.
Clark Atlanta University Collections of African American Art
Visit one of the South's most extensive galleries chronicling the role of African-American artists in the history of American art. With most pieces dating between 1942 and 1970, the Clark Atlanta University Collections of African American Art documents the American experience through the eyes of the Black community. This collection strives to document the core of America's identity through the preservation, study and exhibition of fine art works.
Originally the home of the late Otis T. Hammonds, a prominent Atlanta physician and patron of the arts, this gallery features fine art which demonstrates and explores the African-American artists from the mid-twentith century forward. Dedicated to increasing public awareness, the Hammonds House gallery presents several exhibitions annually, which include an artist/curator dialogue. The preservation and educational efforts are further found in the multitudes of programming and community outreach endeavors. Find locally- and nationally-acclaimed artists as you explore the creative forces churning behind one of the most influential modern art movements.
A symbol of achievement and strength through adversity, the Herndon Home is embodies the spirit of Atlanta. A former slave, Alonzo Herdon's upheaval of Jim Crowe laws and segregation came when he opened Atlanta Life Insurance Company in 1905, making him the city's wealthiest African-American by the late 1920s. One of the city's finest mansions, the Herndon Home tells its compelling story through tours, exhibits and special events.
Tour the MLK National Historic Site by GPS and enjoy history at your own pace.
Vicki L. Crawford, director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, discusses the annual observances of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Black History Month