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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Marietta History Center Presents MLK Jr. Day FREE Admission & Presentation of Lemon St Chronicles

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January 5, 2021



MARIETTA - Join the Marietta History Center as it continues its Diverse Cobb programming with a celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Diverse Cobb programming focuses on many facets of local black history with the goal of educating the community on overlooked, difficult, and complex topics. On Saturday, January 15th, 2022, the MHC will offer FREE ADMISSION and viewings through out the day of the Lemon Street Chronicles.  

The Lemon Street Chronicles is a brand-new oral history DVD of interviews with Lemon Street High School alumni created by Tim Penn. The Lemon Street primary and high schools were the segregated schools for African Americans in Marietta and much of Cobb County until 1967. Copies of the DVD can also be purchased in the Museum Store for $15. 

FREE ADMISSION to the Center includes access to 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 attended 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.

Where: The Marietta History Center

              1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

When: Saturday, January 15th, 2022

             FREE ADMISSION: 10 am to 4 pm

             Film Show Times: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm (run time is 1.5 hours) 

Cost: FREE

Questions or want more info? Contact the Center at 770-794-5710 or check out our website at

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