creativity, culture, community
“In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, we are presenting some special events this year at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “This Thursday, February 20 at 7 pm we’ll host author and professor of history Barbara Krauthamer for a rousing conversation about her book, Black Slaves, Indian Masters. The event is FREE and open to the public. Join us for a very thought-provoking evening!”
Many African Americans have long thought that the relationship between Native Americans and enslaved African Americans was special, marked by similar cultural beliefs and a common enemy. In fact, many African Americans claim Indian ancestry. What many people do not know is that some Indians, particularly the Choctaw and Chickasaw, bought, sold and owned Africans and African Americans from the late-eighteenth century through the end of the Civil War. In Black Slaves, Indian Masters Barbara Krauthamer exposes this little known chapter of U.S. history. In the process, she challenges established scholarship on U.S. chattel slavery, emancipation, race and Black citizenship.
Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Atlanta Cyclorama Bookstore.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in its current location in Grant Park in 1921. The building contains the largest oil painting in the world. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the entire series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive involved in the Civil War adventure called the “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, maps and other artifacts. Tours of the Cyclorama take place throughout the day and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events depicted in the painting.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. “Like” us on Facebook for the latest updates: http://on.fb.me/1f1ImC7. For more information and to plan your visit: www.atlantacyclorama.org.