Exploring Cultural & Natural Resources That Illustrate African American History
Found at UGA Archives: “Ante-Bellum Slave Quarters Still Stand Near Atlanta”
Found this article at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library, yesterday. It is titled “Ante-Bellum Slave Quarters Still Stand Near Atlanta.” It references a row of six one room brick houses located at the intersection of Ben Hill and Washington Road in East Point, Georgia. Journalist, Boyd Taylor, wrote that the homes were still occupied by descendants of the original inhabitants (this article was likely written around the early 1940s).
Taylor described the area as a “scenic surprise” for motorists, with the potential to hear a strumming of a guitar and the hum of a melodic spiritual on a summer night. Quaint, old houses with stucco walls
A few thoughts:
1. This article was written to attract white motorists to the area. Taylor’s description “the quiet village still stands as much as it did in the distant more romantic days before the war” proves that
2. Boyd Taylor, the paper’s Automotive Editor, authored this story
3. In 1941 Boyd Taylor received a $3000 loan from Margaret Mitchell to preserve and turn into a museum, Atlanta’s famed historic home, the Margaret Mitchell House
4. Does any part of the referenced “slave quarters” remain in the East Point community today?
5. Are there any historic markers interpreting the history of the Connally Plantation and the slave quarters referenced in this article?