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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Marietta Museum of History Presents Marietta 1899: Color Captured in Black & White

1899 exhibit

June 14, 2021



MARIETTA - The Marietta Museum of History is proud to present Marietta 1899: Color Captured in Black & White. This special exhibit highlights the photography of New York photographer James Shaw and his visit to Marietta in the spring of 1899. The exhibit showcases never-before-seen images of the Marietta Square, the Marietta National Cemetery, Kennesaw Avenue, Kennesaw Mountain, and rural Cobb County. 

While visiting, Shaw chose to attend the May 30th Federal Memorial Day celebrations on the Marietta Square. As a northerner, he was likely fascinated with how this formerly Confederate city would handle commemorating the Union dead. Not surprisingly, most attendants were African Americans from all over the Atlanta area. These are perhaps the most diverse images of nineteenth century Marietta we have ever seen. A truer version of life as it was, undiluted by the whitewashing of history. While bias of a white perspective remains, Shaw chose to include the activities of both races, thus presenting multiple shades of color in black and white photography.

When: May 19th, 2021 through May 28th, 2022 

Where: Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

Cost: Included with regular museum admission  

The Marietta Museum of History uses ordinary objects to tell the extraordinary stories of Marietta and Cobb County's rich history and culture. Galleries and exhibits cover topics such as military history, home life throughout the centuries, technology and local businesses from our past. 

The Marietta Museum of History is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am until 4pm (check website for holiday and COVID-19 related closings)

Admission is $7 Adults, $5 Seniors and Children, 5 and under are free

To learn more about the Marietta Museum of History, visit us at

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