Jul 22nd, 2022
The Butler Street YMCA (22 Jesse Hill Jr Drive) is my favorite building in Atlanta. Why? Because this one building has Black history, Jewish history, white history, and it’s the embodiment of The Atlanta Way - created by a bi-racial, upper class coalition that wanted this building to serve as a symbol of Atlanta’s progress and an answer to the issues of crime in the poor Black Atlanta class. It was funded and built in the midst of WWI, the Great Atlanta fire of 1917 and a whole host of other issues.
This week, I’ll also share the story of Atlanta's African American YMCA, it’s first offices, the promises of funding a new building, the campaign to raise the money, the architecture, the utility and the many, many famous programs and people that have worked and played inside it’s walls.
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