One could think there is little new to be learned about our nation’s history from over a century and a half ago. However, John Harris’s new book “The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage” reveals the existence of a mid-1800s, large-scale and illegal slave-trading business headquartered in New York City. Not only did it originate after the U.S. Congress … [Read more...] about Professor Pens a New Book About the Illegal Slave Trade in NYC
Was There A Conspiracy to Murder MLK Jr.?
Sadly, we all know the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination on April 4, 1968. In Memphis, to try and resolve a strike involving the city's black sanitation workers, King was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. James Earl Ray, the suspected shooter, was the subject of a two-month-long manhunt that spanned the globe until authorities … [Read more...] about Was There A Conspiracy to Murder MLK Jr.?
(Almost) The 51st State
If you have visited Tennessee tourist attractions Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN., you have, probably unknowingly, seen what was very close to becoming our 51st state, the state of Franklin. After the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, the former colonies and the individual states that made up the new nation were facing significant financial issues. The states owed … [Read more...] about (Almost) The 51st State
Gwinnett’s 1953 Four Jet Crash
If you live in Metro Atlanta, you may have driven by it countless times without ever noticing it. On Old Peachtree Road, just east of I-85, stands a marker commemorating a plane crash that most now in Gwinnett never knew happened. In 1953 the area east of what is now I-85 near Suwanee was extremely rural, with the landscape dotted with just a few homes. Drive east toward … [Read more...] about Gwinnett’s 1953 Four Jet Crash
A Dark Day for the Atlanta Art World
February 23, 1959 was immortalized as "The day the music died" by Don McLean in his classic "American Pie." In Atlanta, one could easily say that June 3, 1962, could have been the day the same happened to the art world. This city has consistently refused to succumb, and on this day, the community needed that trait. The Atlanta Art Association was expanding rapidly in the … [Read more...] about A Dark Day for the Atlanta Art World