Thursday, May 28, 2009

Atlanta (continued)

So where did we leave off? Oh, right, picking flowers at the Botanical Garden. Well, that concluded the non-food portion of Sunday, so moving on to Monday we have:
  • History 101: Our first stop (after breakfast) was the Atlanta History Center. They have done a very good job of telling the history of the City of Atlanta, the Civil War, and the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. I liked the city history section the best. The Olympic are was my least favorite, possibly because the multiple interactive monitors where you could answer questions about Olympic history and events did not all work. For the golfers in the audience, they had a small section devoted to Georgia native and professional golfer, Bobby Jones.
  • A Grave Situation: After lunch at Six Feet Under, we wandered through the historic Oakland Cemetery, where the original six acres date back to 1850. There is a section devoted to Confederate soldiers; a section called Bell Tower Ridge, the highest point in the cemetery from which you get a good view of downtown Atlanta; the African American Grounds, from the 19th and 20th centuries, including many slaves. Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, and Maynard Jackson are all resting peacefully in this quaint old place.
  • Sweet Auburn: For our next excursion, and before we invaded Henry and Liz, we drove around and found Auburn Avenue. This street was the height of African American business and culture in the 1920's - 1940's. In the surrounding area are many lovely homes, churches, and commercial buildings from that era. We passed the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King was the pastor in the 1960's. This was a very interesting part of Atlanta that neither of us had visited before and added to our understanding of the culture and history of the city. I think it made a fitting conclusion to the day that started at the Atlanta History Center.
Next time, food, glorious food.


Liz said...

Some of us live for your food comments. Can't wait to hear what you thought about your "dining" experiences here in the ATL!

SummerS said...

You must know that Six Feet Under is one of my all time favorites. I ate lunch there almost every day that I worked at and near the Capitol! Yum.

Liz L. said...

Can't wait for the food comments! Glad you got back safely. Great having you both here! xoxo