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Zero Mile Post building to be demolished within year
 The building housing the Zero Mile Post, one of Atlanta’s oldest historical landmarks, is slated for demolition sometime within six to 12 months, and the state agency handling its demolition is making no promises that the granite post will return to the position it’s held since 1850. According to a statement provided to the AJC...

Posted: 4 days ago

The building housing the Zero Mile Post, one of Atlanta’s oldest historical landmarks, is slated for demolition sometime within six to 12 months, and the state agency handling its demolition is making no promises that the granite post will return to the position it’s held since 1850. According to a statement provided to the AJC...
ACTUAL FACTUAL GEORGIA: Zero Mile Post marks city’s start
The Zero Mile Post is one of Atlanta's oldest artifacts, marking the place where the city's first railroad ended. The city came into existence when that railroad -- the Western & Atlantic -- was surveyed and built. (Pete Corson / pcorson@ajc.com)

Posted: 5 days ago

The Zero Mile Post is one of Atlanta's oldest artifacts, marking the place where the city's first railroad ended. The city came into existence when that railroad -- the Western & Atlantic -- was surveyed and built. (Pete Corson / pcorson@ajc.com)
Photos: Tex McIver murder trial witnesses

Posted: 17 days ago

Tex McIver is on trial for the fatal shooting of his wife Diane in 2016, which he says was accidental. Although many of the basic facts about the case are not in dispute, the defendant’s intentions certainly are, and this makes witness testimony crucial in the prosecution’s efforts to paint Tex McIver as a cold-blooded killer...
Map and database: Comparing the health of HBCUs
 This map gives the location, size and vital statistics for each of 100 accredited historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). See below for a searchable database of the schools, including data from 2005 and 2010. UPDATE: This page has been updated on Feb. 26, 2018 to remove Concordia College from our list of accredited schools....

5:01 AM Thursday, Feb. 01, 2018

This map gives the location, size and vital statistics for each of 100 accredited historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). See below for a searchable database of the schools, including data from 2005 and 2010. UPDATE: This page has been updated on Feb. 26, 2018 to remove Concordia College from our list of accredited schools....
Georgia irresistible to true-crime podcasts
 If you’re listening to true-crime podcasts, you’re hearing a lot about Georgia. And with the debut of “Atlanta Monster,” now you’ll be hearing a lot about Atlanta in the late 1970s. That podcast, from Atlanta-based HowStuffWorks, is the most recent project from the producers of the wildly popular &ldquo...

3:24 PM Friday, Jan. 05, 2018

If you’re listening to true-crime podcasts, you’re hearing a lot about Georgia. And with the debut of “Atlanta Monster,” now you’ll be hearing a lot about Atlanta in the late 1970s. That podcast, from Atlanta-based HowStuffWorks, is the most recent project from the producers of the wildly popular &ldquo...
The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary’s Hollywood connections
 The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary has had its share of famous inmates over the years, including several who have inspired characters in Hollywood crime films. Here are some of those inmates and the films that you might know them from, along with other famous prisoners of the facility.  But first, some history: The penitentiary was first...

12:50 AM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary has had its share of famous inmates over the years, including several who have inspired characters in Hollywood crime films. Here are some of those inmates and the films that you might know them from, along with other famous prisoners of the facility.  But first, some history: The penitentiary was first...
PHOTOS: Atlanta Federal Penitentiary at the movies
The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary has had its share of famous inmates over the years, including several who have inspired characters in Hollywood true-crime films. Here are some of those inmates and the films that you might know them from, along with other famous prisoners of the facility.

1:12 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary has had its share of famous inmates over the years, including several who have inspired characters in Hollywood true-crime films. Here are some of those inmates and the films that you might know them from, along with other famous prisoners of the facility.
Photos: Irma’s wake of destruction along Georgia, nearby Florida
Atlanta: A tree blocks South Ponce de Leon Avenue near the bridge over Lullwater Creek in Druid Hills on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma. The fallen tree narrowly missed blocking the entrance to Freedom Parkway Trail. (Pete Corson / pcorson@ajc.com)

3:53 PM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

Atlanta: A tree blocks South Ponce de Leon Avenue near the bridge over Lullwater Creek in Druid Hills on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma. The fallen tree narrowly missed blocking the entrance to Freedom Parkway Trail. (Pete Corson / pcorson@ajc.com)
Photos: Irma’s aftermath in Georgia, Day 2
Metro Atlanta and the rest of Georgia deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma’s effects one day after the storm passed through the state.

2:40 PM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

Metro Atlanta and the rest of Georgia deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma’s effects one day after the storm passed through the state.
Photos: Confederate memorials in metro Atlanta
JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY MARKER (Agnes Scott College): You'll find this marker on the border of Agnes Scott College, on East College Avenue near the South McDonough Street intersection. In 1913, the United Daughters of the Confederacy conceived of naming a transcontinental series of highways after Confederate President Jefferson Davis. It would...

6:22 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY MARKER (Agnes Scott College): You'll find this marker on the border of Agnes Scott College, on East College Avenue near the South McDonough Street intersection. In 1913, the United Daughters of the Confederacy conceived of naming a transcontinental series of highways after Confederate President Jefferson Davis. It would...
Photos: The legacy of Marietta's McNeel Marble Company
McNeel Marble Co. mass-produced Confederate monuments all across the southeast and beyond in the early 20th century. Here are a few things to know about the company and its product.

2:57 PM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

McNeel Marble Co. mass-produced Confederate monuments all across the southeast and beyond in the early 20th century. Here are a few things to know about the company and its product.
50 years ago, segregated school in North Fulton was ‘my bond, my family’
 Sandra Taylor enters a Fulton County Schools maintenance building and smiles. Then her eyes begin to fill with tears. She pauses inside a large room filled with stacks of lumber, machinery, dust. But Taylor sees something else: remnants of a cafeteria and a small stage, a gathering place in a school where she played flute, developed...

11:41 AM Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

Sandra Taylor enters a Fulton County Schools maintenance building and smiles. Then her eyes begin to fill with tears. She pauses inside a large room filled with stacks of lumber, machinery, dust. But Taylor sees something else: remnants of a cafeteria and a small stage, a gathering place in a school where she played flute, developed...
Photos: Memories of segregated Bailey-Johnson School
Bailey-Johnson School alumni Charles Grogan (center) and Sandra Taylor talk with a Fulton County Schools maintenance engineer in the school's former auditorium and cafeteria. The former school building now serves as a maintenance facility for Fulton County Schools, with a carpentry shop in the former auditorium. (PETE CORSON / pcorson@ajc...

6:06 PM Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2017

Bailey-Johnson School alumni Charles Grogan (center) and Sandra Taylor talk with a Fulton County Schools maintenance engineer in the school's former auditorium and cafeteria. The former school building now serves as a maintenance facility for Fulton County Schools, with a carpentry shop in the former auditorium. (PETE CORSON / pcorson@ajc...
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