Hope for Athens Timeline

Documentary Filmmaker Danielle Beverly chronicled a community in Athens, GA for an upcoming documentary titled "Old South", which will be released in Spring 2015. The film focuses mainly on one block, over 3+ years.;xNLx;;xNLx;Yet a film can only show so much. This same neighborhood has been an important historically African American community for nearly 150 years. To celebrate the many "firsts" that have occurred there, and also consider the changes that have impacted it, this "Hope for Athens Historical Timeline" lets users travel BACKWARDS, to interact with its history.;xNLx;;xNLx;Content revision is ongoing. We seek your memories, photographs, and artifacts from this neighborhood to add to the timeline. Contact Danielle Beverly at ;xSTx;a href="mailto:petunia@petuniaproductions.net";xETx;petunia@petuniaproductions.net;xSTx;/a;xETx;

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The story of the historic Reese Street neighborhood in Athens GA is told in pictures, words, documents, archival materials, video & audio interviews.

1785-01-27 00:00:00

University of Georgia (UGA)

Founded January 27, 1785, UGA became the first state-chartered university in the nation.

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The City of Athens

On December 8, 1806, the CIty of Athens was incorporated.

1820-01-01 00:00:00

Cotton Plantations

Athens led the South in textile manufacture. Slavery rose exponentially between 1820 and 1830.

1857-01-01 00:00:00

First Baptist Church of Athens 1857

Black members of the church leave First Baptist to form Hill First Baptist Church, which opens its doors 10 years later in The Reese Neighborhood.

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Reese Street Historic District 1860

Reese Street Historic District was an important educational center for the black community.

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American Civil War 1861-1865

These Men She Gave: Civil War Diary of Athens, Georgia by John F. Stegeman

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The Freedman's Bureau 1865-1869

African Americans transition from slavery to freedom in Georgia after the Civil War.

1865-12-21 00:00:00

Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity 1865

Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity was founded at Washington College in Lexington, VA. In 2008, its UGA chapter moved into a historically black area in the Reese neighborhood, igniting concern and protest from long-time residents.

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Hill First Baptist Church of Athens 1867

An important centerpiece and gathering place of the Reese Historic Neighborhood. Click "find out more" to explore their Facebook page.

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