Discover Jewish Atlanta
By Jeremy Katz, Director, Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History
You may think you know all about Jewish Atlanta but sadly, many of Atlanta’s most interesting Jewish places have literally disappeared. The city of Atlanta is guilty of historicide. For generations it tore down beautiful historic buildings to make way for parking lots and highways. Despite these losses, the preservation tide is turning. Last month, The Breman Museum partnered with the Atlanta Preservation Center and Gate City Tours on a walking tour of Cabbagetown and the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, both of which have connections to Atlanta Jewish history. The tour sold out within 48 hours, highlighting the enthusiasm for experiencing history at its source.
That sold-out tour was just one in a series of annual Historic Jewish Atlanta Tours, created by The Breman Museum in 2016 and supported by its free companion smartphone app, “Historic Jewish Atlanta.” See what’s coming up in the series this spring, and for next year!
May 22: The next Historic Jewish Atlanta Tour will take place at the High Museum. The guided program will focus on Jewish contributions to the High Museum as well as interpreting artwork that originated from Jewish artists or contains Jewish values or themes. June 23: The final program for the 2018-2019 series will be a lecture on the Leo Frank case by legal expert, Van Pearlberg, at the Marietta Museum of History.
Right now, The Breman is looking to further expand and professionalize the 2019-2020 Historic Atlanta Tour series. That will mean more partnerships between the museum and specialized companies like Gate City Tours that provide highly focused tours with trained guides. Stay tuned for a release of the 2019-2020 Historic Jewish Atlanta Tours series early this summer.
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