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Historic Atlanta Neighborhood Washington Park Celebrates 100 Years

Christi Jackson, of the Washington Park Conservancy, and Fulton County Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner John Dargle are determined to preserve Washington Park during a time of gentrification.
Christi Jackson, of the Washington Park Conservancy, and Fulton County Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner John Dargle are determined to preserve Washington Park during a time of gentrification.
Credit Lisa Rayam / WABE

Atlanta’s Historic Washington Park neighborhood sits tucked away in Atlanta’s west side. During the height of segregation, it served as a haven for the black community.

But now, 100 years later, its place in history crosses the racial divide.

Two people, in particular, are determined to preserve Washington Park during a time of gentrification.

One of those people, Christi Jackson, who is black, grew up in the neighborhood.

The other, John Dargle, who is white, is the Department of Parks and Recreation commissioner.

“Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam happened upon the two as they were caught up in a conversation about the neighborhood’s historical value.

Washington Park is celebrating it’s centennial this year.