The city of Atlanta is not only the county seat for Fulton County, but is also the capital of the state of Georgia. History has it that the city was first named Terminus in 1842 and later changed to Marthasville, in honor of Governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter, and finally to Atlanta in 1848. It was named as the state capital on April 20, 1868 after it is incorporated as a city on December 29, 1845.
A myriad of great attractions can be found in the vibrant city of Atlanta. In the first place, it is the cultural center for the state with a wide array of arts available to the public. Top the lists are the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet.
Other than arts, the city of Atlanta also prides a number of worldly acclaimed sports on the both the professional and collegiate levels. It is in fact the home of Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Thrashers, and Atlanta Hawks; all acclaimed and award winning sports teams. The collegiate level sports are available through the Georgia Institute of Technology, and it is here where the Peach Bowl during football season is hosted.
Just like any other cities in the world, the city of Atlanta hosts a number of festivals, celebrations and parades. To mention, some of the well-known festivals are the Georgia Renaissance Festival, Black College Spring Break, Sweet Auburn Festival, the National Black Arts Festival, and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
The city of Atlanta is also the primary to a number of great colleges, universities and technical schools. As you may know, there is the Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, as well as the Oglethorpe University that make Atlanta their home. Also, being a city open for all Americans, blacks or whites, the city of Atlanta has currently four historically Black colleges and universities that are centrally located. Included in the list are the Clark Atlanta University, the Morehouse College, Morris Brown College and Spelman College.
In addition to the above mentioned Atlanta schools, it is also interesting to know that today there are two state managed technical schools in the city of Atlanta: the Atlanta Area Technical Institute and the Atlanta Metropolitan College. Private colleges also made Atlanta their home and top the list is the Art Institute of Atlanta, DeVry Institute of Technology, Beulah Heights Bible College, and Herzing College.
In terms of the famous individuals that have lifted the city of Atlanta to where it is positioned right now, it is nice to note that Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist, is one. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center was even established in honor of his name. Other praised personalities in the city are the golfer Bobby Jones, the comedian Nipsey Russell, and the author of Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell.
Today, as recent statistics have shown, the city of Atlanta has a population of 416,474 persons. This number is considered to increase year after year as more and more people from around the world move to Atlanta to settle.
From a quiet, slumbering city on the South whose icon was a meeting of Peachtree streets, Atlanta has arched into the group of international travel destinations and a special source of inspiration for African Americans. It is widely known for its world-class airport, freeway and transit infrastructure, trend-setting restaurants, CNN, former UN Ambassador, numerous luxury hotels, plus a history of interracial relationship. And, it is these assets that enabled Atlanta to attract the 1996 Summer Olympics. Since then, the city started to win best city awards and drawn 17 million visitors every year. Today, “Hotlanta”, as it is commonly called, is considered as the number one vacation destination of Black travelers and for good reason.
An Olympic host, it is so typical for the city of Atlanta to be blessed with a legacy of sports venues and general attractions. As you may know, there is the Olympic Stadium that morphed into Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves baseball. The Georgia Institute of Technology, Morris Brown College, and Morehouse College are there to collect major sports facilities in use by these colleges. It is also interesting to know that the Georgia Dome became the main center for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcon and regular center on the Super Bowl host-city rotation.
Perhaps the best legacy of Atlanta is the inspiring and enchanting water sculptures of the Olympic Park, which greatly attract families to a once moribund collection of empty collection of parking lots. Also interesting to know is the fact that the Olympic Park stands at the epicenter of CNN Center Tours, Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena, a Children’s Museum, the titanic Georgia Aquarium, and the new World of Coca Coal Museum.
The city of Atlanta boasts the Peachtree Hills and Buckhead where the celebrity chefs and art galleries thrive. Also, when you prefer sigh-seeing lovely estates on Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead, you have the chance to drop by the Atlanta Historical Center, where you can find a surprisingly balanced and highly informative perspective of the city’s fabled past. The Lenox Square is also there where the unmitigated shoppers shop. In addition, the East End is located further way east, which remains a funky and eclectic district of chops and nightlife. And, much to your surprise, even the West End is on the comeback trail.
While on vacation, make sure that you welcome yourself to the city famous historical black sites, particularly the Sweet Auburn. Here, you can find a concentration of black historic attractions like the Martin Luther King Jr. birth home, the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, gravesite, Center of Non-Violent Social Change, the newly developed Ebenezer Baptist Church, and a national visitor center. It is also interesting to know that located in the Auburn Avenue of the city are also the Southern Christian Leadership Conference headquarters, Wheat Street Baptist Church, Big Bethel AME Church, APEX Museum, Auburn Avenue African American Research Library, 100 Black Men Headquarters, and a lot more.
Today, the Sweet Auburn is considered as the ultimate center for the Black community in the city of Atlanta. It is actually here where the second largest Black life insurance company, one of the largest Black banks, one of the oldest Black newspapers, and one of the oldest Black radio station rest.