Join Us! Atlanta Penn Center Support Group Travels to the 36th Annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration

36th Annual Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration

We are really excited about our trip to Penn Center for the 36th Annual Heritage Days Celebration. Penn Center, founded in 1862, is the official home of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

Join us as we travel back in time to enjoy the annual “Homecoming” of this historic and important community.

The two day experience will include a day at the Annual Heritage Festival on St. Helena Island, SC and a day in Charleston, SC . In Charleston participants will visit an urban plantation.

Send in your deposit of $100 by October 1st along with the filled out form. The balance of $150 is due by November 1st.

The rooms are based on double occupancy.

Make payments payable to:


Make check or money order to:


P.O. Box 115054

Atlanta, GA 30310

If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Johnson – 678-613-3108.

2018 Atlanta to Penn Center Registration Form (click here)

Museum Merchandise Monday! Louis Armstrong House Museum

Museum Merchandise Monday—a day to highlight favorite gifts found at museum and historic site, gift shops.

Pictured is a t-shirt purchased during a 2014 visit to the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Located at 34-56 107th Street Queens, New York.

“The Louis Armstrong House Museum sustains and promotes the cultural, historical, and humanitarian legacy of Louis Armstrong by preserving and interpreting Armstrong’s house and grounds, collecting and sharing archival materials that document Armstrong’s life and legacy, and presenting public programs such as exhibits, concerts, lectures, and film screenings.”

Join us! Use hashtag #MuseumMerchandiseMonday

and tag us in your pics

Sistagraphy Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Exhibition at Auburn Avenue Research Library

Happy 25th Anniversary to Sistagraphy “The Collective of African-American Photographers”

Over 40 images from this group are currently on display at the Auburn Avenue Research Library (free and open to the public). This 25th Year celebration began in July 2018 and has public programming scheduled through to October 2018. Please note the exhibition @aarl_atl will be up through to September 23, 2018

Image 1: Photographer Sharon B. Dowell discusses her work during Sept 1, 2018 artist talk.

Image 2: “10 minutes after I cried…Oh! Sheila” by Stefaniyemiya Ingram-Hazell.

Image 3: Video of “Living Waters” by Grace Kisa.

Image 4: “Legendary Warrior” by Cynthia McCoy.

Image 5: “Sheroes- Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, Myrlie Evers Williams” by Susan Ross.

Image 6: “Civil Rights OG” by Ronya Hull Barksdale.

Image 7: Sistagraphy Exhibition banner

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?

Thoughts? Corrections? Please share.

Memorial Service For Aretha Franklin Will Be Held At Detroit’s Pioneering, African American Museum

A public memorial and viewing for Detroit native and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28, 2018.

Formally known as the International Afro-American Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum is one of the first black museums established in the U.S. during the African American neighborhood/Black Museum Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. [photo source:]

Opening in Nashville, Tennessee 2019 – National Music of African American Music

The National Museum of African American Music will open in Nashville Tennessee in 2019.

The museum is currently offering a series of lectures prior to opening the doors to their permanent home. A schedule can be found on their website