The city of Marietta and members of the Black Heritage Walking Tour Committee unveiled a brochure June 12 that highlights several historic sites that have played a part in Marietta's African-American history and heritage.
"We have a lot of black heritage sites around the downtown that were not marked and hadn't been highlighted in any format in any type of brochure," city manager Bill Bruton said. "As we go into the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and all the history that happened in Marietta, this is one of the first projects that we wanted to accomplish for our community."
- Cobb MAACP president Deane Bonner
- CIty Manager Bill Bruton
- Marietta Visitors Bureau executive director Theresa Jenkins
- Kennesaw State University history professor Tom Scott
- Pearl Freeman, widow of past Cobb NAACP president
- Felicia Taylor, daughter of Hattie Wilson
- Louis Walker
- Josetta Walker
The committee will also be creating descriptive plaques that will be located at each of the sites on the brochure, Bruton said.
Locations included in brochure
- Site of Andrew Rogers' Barber Shop, circa 1880s
- Site of Frank P. Rogers' Grocery, circa 1880s
- Lawrence Street from East Park Square to Waddell Street
- Original site of the Turner Chapel Church
- Old Zion Baptist Church
- Blue Eagle Fire Company
- Hugh Grogan, First African-American city councilman, City Hall
- Cole Street Baptist Church
- Strick's Corner
- Site of former Lemon Street High School
- Lemon Street Elementary School and Hattie Wilson Library
- United States Colored Troops Section in Marietta National Cemetery
- Henry Greene Cole House, circa 1861
If you want to take the tour, brochures are located at City Hall, 205 Lawrence St., the Marietta Visitors Bureau, 4 Depot St., the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot St., the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, 18 Whitlock Ave., and the Old Zion Heritage Museum, 165 Lemon St., Jenkins said. "We are hoping to have the brochure in a few other churches, and the brochure will eventually be available on the Visitors Bureau's website."
More info: Marietta Visitors Bureau, 770-429-1115