Pre-Conference Walking Tour of the Reynoldstown Historic District & African Arts Reception
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 1:00-4:00pm
Meet Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Capacity: 44 people maximum
Cost: $45 per person
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ASA conference attendees are invited to a pre-conference walking tour of the Reynoldstown Historic District, and an African art reception at the home of longtime Reynoldstown resident Michael Mack, for some southern hospitality and a guided tour of his prized collection of African textiles and artifacts. Curated pieces from Michael’s collection have been on exhibit at the Hammonds House Museum as well as the High Museum.

Reynoldstown is one of the four oldest African American communities in the city of Atlanta. This community was settled in the 1860s by recently freed enslaved African Americans. The newly freed laborers, which included craftsmen, entrepreneurs, and educators made the community their home. Their families would expand into the growing Atlanta area and create jobs, establish schools and businesses to serve what is now known as the African American community. In the early nineties, Michael Mack purchased a home in the area, supporting the community’s revitalization efforts.

The bus will leave from the Atlanta Marriott Marquis at 12:30pm, and will arrive at around 1:00pm at the home of Michael Mack for the beginning of the African art tour. Light refreshments will be served. The walking tour of the Reynoldstown community will take 30–40 minutes. Led by Young Hughley, the Founding Director of Resources for Residents and Communities, the walking tour will center around Reynoldstown’s history and transformation. Highlights of the tour will include the former Bearden AME Church that was built by African American craftsmen who brought the granite rocks to the community in a horse driven buggy from Stone Mountain; the 2-story building built by Madison Reynolds – the community’s name sake; and the Atlanta BeltLine, one of the biggest urban redevelopment projects in the US. We will finish up the afternoon at Michael Mack’s home, viewing more of his art collection and having refreshments, after which the bus will depart for the conference hotel, at 4:00pm.

For additional information, please contact Young Hughley, [email protected].

 

Black Money Pre-Conference Exhibition & Reception at the Auburn Avenue Research Library
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 6:30–8:30pm
Location: 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Cost: Free
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ASA conference attendees are invited to a special pre-conference reception for the Black Money: World Currencies Featuring African, African-American, and African Diasporic History and Cultures exhibition at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL). Located on Auburn Avenue, which Fortune Magazine described as “the richest Negro street in the world” in 1956, the AARL is the first public library in the Southeast to offer specialized reference and archival collections dedicated to the study and research of African American culture and history and of other peoples of African descent.

Black Money is a traveling museum exhibition created by Dr. Harcourt Fuller, a history professor at Georgia State University, and a 2018-19 Fulbright Global Scholar. The exhibition features display of rare, obsolete, and currently circulating banknotes, pre-colonial money artifacts, official government-issued promotional money posters, and other money-related objects, from former European colonies in Africa and the Americas, as well as from independent nation-states on the African continent and in the Americas. The collection is organized in ten chronological and thematic categories, including “the Ancient African World,” “Enslavement & Freedom,” “Economic Development,” “Black Women on Money,” and “the Modern Africana World.” The banknotes are accompanied by written narratives, audio-visual material, and other exhibits that present and interrogate official depictions of the histories, cultures, politics and experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent in the Americas. The Black Money exhibition is curated by Tracy Murrell, whom Atlanta Magazine awarded the “Rising Curator” honor for the Best of Atlanta 2017 issue.

Auburn Avenue Research Library is located within a half mile from the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. To walk, exit the hotel and walk south on Peachtree Center Avenue. Turn left on Auburn Avenue NE. The library will be one block down at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Courtland Street. You can also take a taxi, Uber, Lyft or MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) train, bus, or the Atlanta Streetcar (www.itsmarta.com).

The exhibition can also be viewed during the following days and times:

Wednesday     12:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday        12:00pm-8:00pm
Friday              12:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday         10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday           2:00pm-6:00pm

For additional information about the Black Money exhibition, please contact Dr. Harcourt Fuller, [email protected], or visit www.blackmoneyexhibit.com.