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“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 with filmmakers Earl Ijames and Carl Russell on July 10th which will talk about the participation of African Americans in both the Union and the Confederacy. Join us for a stimulating evening!”
Colored Confederates and U.S. Colored Troops on Thursday, July 10 at 7 pm
*the film is 75 minutes long
Earl Ijames, Curator of African American and Community History, North Carolina Museum of History
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.
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: http://www.atlantacyclorama.org.
***photo of Atlanta Cyclorama painting is courtesy of Tim Redman
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