Chattahoochee Brick Company history and memorialization seminars begin this month

The Chattahoochee Brick Company was located in northwest Atlanta, along the Chattahoochee River. The City of Atlanta bought the property in 2022, after community groups worked to block industrial plans for the property.

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The City of Atlanta and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights are launching a series of talks looking at the history of the Chattahoochee Brick Company site.

In 2022, the city bought land the old brick factory stood on, following years of community efforts to block industrial development of the property. Atlanta plans to build a memorial and a park at the location, which is situated along the Chattahoochee River.

Now, Atlanta, along with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is beginning a long-term community engagement project around the future of the property.

Those community efforts begin with a series of talks at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum:

Seminar I: Project Update & Talk about the Importance of Memorialization

Date: February 17, 2024

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Seminar II: Before Atlanta: Native Peoples, the Piedmont Region, and the Chattahoochee River

Date: March 16, 2024

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Seminar III: When the Way Wasn’t Clear: African Americans Before and After the War

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Seminar IV: Nineteenth-Century Industry, Labor, and Environmental Degradation

Date: May 11, 2024

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Seminar V: Brick by Brick: Building Atlanta, Criminal Justice, and Race

Date: June 15, 2024

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the events were at the Carter Center. The talks are actually being held at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, which is next to the Carter Center.