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“Don’t miss the special April programs at the Atlanta Cyclorama as we continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “On April 3 we will screen At the River I Stand, an important documentary about racial and labor history that reminds us of the power of ordinary people to change the world. And on April 10 we’ll host an evening with author Charles McNair to talk about his novel, Pickett’s Charge, which is sure to spark lively discussion. Both of these entertaining and informative events are free and open to the public. Make plans to join us!”
This documentary recounts the 1968 two-month drama that transformed a Memphis sanitation strike into a national event. It brought together complex issues rooted in economic and civil rights, African American inclusion, and the struggle for dignity for public employees and all working people.
Dr. King’s initial visit to Memphis was undermined when heated controversies between his advisors, local leaders and younger, radical protestors turned violent. His nonviolent strategy challenged, Dr. King returned to Memphis to a less-than-inviting environment. During that visit, Dr. King delivered his prophetic “I have been to the mountaintop” speech. He was killed the next day.
After the film, historian and educator Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue. Mr. Muhammad has written and lectured about Morehouse College history, Dr. Georgia Dwelle, Dinah Watts Pace, Theodore “Tiger” Flowers and David T. Howard, among others.
Believing himself to be the last surviving Civil War Confederate veteran, 114-year-old Threadgill Pickett is visited one day in 1964 by the ghost of his long-deceased brother, Ben. When Ben tells him that one Union soldier is still alive in Bangor, Maine, Threadgill leaves his nursing home in Mobile, Alabama to fight one last Civil War battle. Along the way, and through numerous adventures, Threadgill reexamines his long-held notions of valor and vengeance. Author Charles McNair uses elements of historical fiction to tell a compelling story of intrigue and Civil War high drama. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in 1921. The building contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called “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. For more information and to plan your visit our web site: www.atlantacyclorama.org.
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