With support from the National & Georgia Trusts for Historic Preservation, Mailchimp, and the Department of Community Affairs, Historic Atlanta and the City of Atlanta kicked off an initiative in early 2022 to create an LGBTQ Context Statement, which will identify, document and ultimately lead to preservation of neighborhoods, public spaces and individual buildings associated with Atlanta’s LGTBQ+ community.
New South Associates has been engaged to complete this study, and I had the pleasure of interviewing historians Wes Nimmo and Patrick Sullivan to get a sneak peak of the stories they’ve discovered and documented.
In this week’s Part I, we talk about what a context study is, the first documented drag performance in 1895, the city’s first lesbian bar, the complexities of researching LGTBQ history, the first gay-affirming church in the US which was downtown and so much more.
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