Thursday, January 3rd 12: 45pm Board bus at the hotel

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Join colleagues

to experience important sites

in the Civil Rights Movement

and the African-American history of Atlanta.

Thursday, January 3rd

12:45pm Board bus at the hotel

7:30pm Return to the hotel

Cost: $40 ($25 for student members)

Visit the following sites:

  • Wren’s Nest

  • Shrine of Black Madonna

  • APEX Museum

See these landmarks from the bus:

  • West End: Hunter Street Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Paschals Restaurant/Hotel, Herman Russell Corporation

  • Sweet Auburn District: the “wards” neighborhood, Big Bethel AME Church, Auburn Avenue Library, site where the Atlanta Life Insurance was founded

  • Ebenezer Baptist Church

  • Olympic Centennial Park

  • The Interdenominational Theological Center

  • Atlanta University Center

Register for the tour on the Annual Meeting registration form. Cost includes transportation via bus, SCE member Riggins Earl as tour guide throughout, admission fees, and refreshments on the bus. No refunds for cancellations. Tour will be cancelled and full refunds made if a minimum of 15 is not met. Register early: limit is 55 persons.
(Details of sites on reverse side of sheet.)

Wren’s Nest was the home of famous folklorist Joel Chandler Harris. The Wren’s Nest preserves the heritage of African American folklore through storytelling, tours and special events, as such is an educational resource and entertainment venue for the community, the greater Atlanta area and visitors from around the globe.
The Shrine of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church. It was founded as the Central Congregational Church in 1953, with a mission as a socially conscious, religious institution. It provides the theological, philosophical and programmatic foundation to build “institutional power” for Black People. The church continues to be an alternative to those who seek the truth of Christian ethics. This site includes the Karamu Art Gallery, Cultural Center, store, African Holocaust Museum, and Church.
West End: Hunter Street Baptist Church was the church where Ralph David Abernathy was pastor 1961-1990. Friendship Baptist Church was organized in 1866 in the days after the Civil War, becoming Atlanta's first black Baptist independent congregation.  The congregation, being unable to buy property, worshipped in a boxcar that was sent to Atlanta from Chattanooga, Tennessee. The boxcar also housed the first class room of what became known as Atlanta University.  Friendship Baptist Church had two further roles in black education: it provided classrooms to Morehouse College, when Morehouse moved to Atlanta from Augusta, Georgia in 1879. And Spelman College had its beginning in the basement of the present site in 1881. Close ties between these institutions continue to this day. Paschal’s Restaurant/Hotel was the primary meeting place for the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. H.J. Russell & Company is the largest African American-owned real estate and construction company in the United States. Herman Russell became the first black member of the Chamber of Commerce in 1962.
Sweet Auburn District is a one-mile corridor that served as the downtown of Atlanta’s black community. Businesses flourished there in the 1930s an 1940s. It contains Martin Luther King Jr’s birth home and the “wards” neighborhood. Big Bethel was the first predominantly African American church in Atlanta. Atlanta Life Insurance Company, located in the Sweet Auburn Historic District, was founded by Alonzo F. Herndon, a former slave. Through this enterprise, Herndon became Atlanta’s first black millionaire.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and is the first library of its kind in the Southeast offering specialized reference and archival collections for the study and research of African cultures. The nucleus of its collection was established in 1934 as the Negro History Collection of Non-Circulating Books. This original collection itself was created by combining the small existing collection at the first Auburn Avenue Branch with another small collection from the Adult Education Project, which operated from 1931 to 1934. In 1949 the collection was moved to the West Hunter Branch, the second branch established to serve Atlanta's African-American population. As a Special Library in the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System, the Auburn Avenue Research Library has services and programs as well as non-circulating collections.
APEX Museum: APEX is an acronym for African American Panoramic Experience. This title is fitting in that it embodies the mission of the APEX – to interpret and present history from an African American perspective.
The Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc, established in 1968, continues King’s legacy and work. Situated in the Freedom Hall complex encircling Dr. King's tomb, The King Center is today part of a 23-acre national historic park which includes his birth home.
Ebenezer Baptist Church was founded in 1868 during the Reconstruction Era in the South. The Rev. Martin Luther King Sr served as pastor for 44 years, retiring in 1975. In 1960 the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. joined his father as co-pastor of Ebenezer, sharing the pulpit for 8 years. It was through his worldwide prophetic ministry that Ebenezer developed a new ecumenical and international posture.
Olympic Centennial Park, a 21-acre park built for the 1996 Olympics, continues to serve the Atlanta area. The Fountain of Rings show plays 365 days a year at 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm and 9pm.
The Interdenominational Theological Center is a Christian, ecumenical, graduate professional school of theology chartered in 1958 through the mutual efforts of four denominations, representing four seminaries (Morehouse School of Religion, Gammon Theological Seminary, Turner Theological Seminary, and Phillips School of Theology). The founding four were later joined by the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Charles H. Mason Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and the Absalom Jones Theological Institute. The ITC has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools since 1960 and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since October 1984.  
Atlanta University Center is a multi-campus university, including Morehouse College, Spelman College, Morris Brown College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Interdenominational Theological Center. This consortium of historically Black colleges and universities represents the world's largest center of African-American higher education.

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