creativity, culture, community
“As summer heats up, we’ve got cool things to do this July at the Atlanta Cyclorama,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “As we continue our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta, we want to expand the conversation about what the war and its aftermath means to us today. We’re presenting a sneak preview of a new documentary about African American roles in the Civil War, a fun-filled family celebration, and a dazzling evening of dance with Germaine Ingram. Join us this July at the Atlanta Cyclorama for a new twist to your summer routine!”
Here is the schedule of events at the Atlanta Cyclorama in July:
Colored Confederates and U.S. Colored Troops on Thursday, July 10 at 7 pm – Conversation and documentary preview with Earl Ijames, Curator of African American and Community History, North Carolina Museum of History and Carl Russell, President, Crest Entertainment & Film Director
Admission is FREE
When 84-year-old Mattie Clyburn Rice was mistakenly directed to the North Carolina State Archives to secure her birth certificate in 2005, she met reference archivist Earl Ijames. Their meeting, though coincidental, was predestined. For fifteen years prior to Mrs. Rice’s arrival at the State Archives, Ijames had been fighting an up-hill battle to prove that African Americans played significant roles in the Confederacy. Mrs. Rice’s family history not only validated Ijames’ earlier research, but also led him on a journey to uncover important new information. This information inspired Ijames and his brother, Carl Russell, to make a documentary about the history of Civil War-era Blacks who, determined to secure their freedom, aligned themselves with both the Union and the Confederacy. Join us for the Atlanta preview of their inspiring documentary and an engaging conversation with Mr. Ijames and Mr. Russell.
Spend a family day at Cyclorama learning in fun, hands-on ways about the Battle of Atlanta and the Civil War. Civil War educators will teach young people and their families the games and pastimes of the era. Storytellers, face painters, and Civil War re-enactors will keep you entertained and learning about the Civil War through engaging, interactive activities. The program is free and open to the public.
The Civil War was a radical game-changer. It redefined the concept of war, the meanings of freedom and citizenship, the scope of national identity and collective memory, our ideas and rituals of death, the future of race relations, and the lives and roles of women. While men ruled the battle field and political enclaves, Southern women – both black and white – struggled to find their way in an altered social hierarchy and economic reality.
Through original music, dance and spoken word, contemporary jazz tap dancer and folklorist Germaine Ingram, violinist Diane Monroe, and bassist Jacqueline Pickett will explore the impact of war on enslaved and white women at this crucial point in the conflict. Their performance will pose questions about how Atlanta’s women of 1864 responded to the expectations, demands, and sacrifices that the war imposed on them; what impact the war had on their sense of protection, dependence and power; how their attitudes toward racial and social inequality were hardened or transformed; and how they envisioned their future in a new social, economic, and political landscape. Integral to the evening will be how audience members’ ideas and opinions about these questions are illuminated by live performance, how they shape our memory of the past and understanding of the present.
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.
NOTE: Photo of Cyclorama painting is courtesy of Tim Redman
MEDIA: To request photos, to set interviews, or for more information please contact Karen Hatchett at firstname.lastname@example.org.