ATLANTA – The Georgia Historical Society has announced that it has received an $ 85,000 grant from the Rich Foundation to expand the Georgia Civil Rights Trail in Greater Atlanta.
The proposed new historical markers will join over 40 existing historical markers on the statewide trail and focus on people, sites and events associated with the modern struggle for civil and human rights. Established in 2015, the Georgia Civil Rights Trail is a key part of GHS ‘ongoing work to recognize the rich diversity of our state’s past and improve public understanding of the economic, social, political and cultural history of the rights movement. civic by drawing visitors and residents on the sites of our state where the movement took place.
“Telling the stories of the civil rights movement in Georgia has never been more important,” said W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “Racial justice and equality issues grab the headlines a lot, but we can’t understand all of this if we don’t understand the story behind these issues and how we got to this point. This grant will allow GHS to shed new light on Georgia’s civil rights legacy, ensuring that the public debate on where to go from here is informed.
“We are deeply grateful to the Rich Foundation for making this possible.”
The Rich Foundation is a private Atlanta foundation dedicated to benefiting nonprofit organizations in the arts, civics, education, health, environment and welfare. -be social in Metro Atlanta. Although the foundation supports all of these areas, its main focus has been education and social justice. Established in 1943, the foundation was created to distribute a share of the profits of Rich’s Inc., Atlanta’s department store. Over the years, the foundation has been a major supporter of Atlanta’s charitable and educational life.
The Georgia Historical Society will work with community partners and stakeholders to develop and dedicate the new markers in the greater Atlanta area.