NEWS AND EVENTS

05/01/2014

7:00pm

Film Series at Atlanta Cyclorama - Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

Event Date/Time: Thursday, May 1 at 7:00pm
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

Born at a time during which this country was fighting a bitter and bloody Civil War, Ida B. Wells-Barnett would become a household name in the African American community. She not only was a contemporary of the likes of W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, she was their equal-fighting tirelessly for racial justice and African American civil and human rights.

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman: journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader. Included are readings from Wells memoir by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.- Ida B. Wells.

The Atlanta Cyclorama is proud to partner with Urban Film Review to screen a series of documentaries that focus on important themes of the Civil War and their relevance to contemporary society. After each sixty-minute film, historian and educator specializing in African American history, Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire community engagement.


05/04/2014

2:00pm

Speakers and Lecture Series at the Atlanta Cyclorama: Jews in the Garment Industry - Civil War to Present Featuring: Adam Mendelsohn, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, College of Charleston

Event Date/Time: Sunday, May 4 Exhibit Tour at 2:00 p.m. followed by a Lecture at 3:00 p.m
Location: The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors $8, Educators/Students $6, Children (4-6) $4, Children (under 4) Free / Mention the Atlanta Cyclorama and receive $2 off admission.

Since early in the nineteenth century, Jews have played important roles in the dry goods and merchandising industries of this country. With the onset of the Civil War,the demand for uniforms helped Jewish merchants transform themselves into clothing manufacturers. In Atlanta, the end of the Civil War saw the advent of what would become an Atlanta institution: Richs Department Store. Morris Richs $500 investment was the beginning of an Atlanta tradition that lasted 138 years. Join us for an afternoon at the Breman Museum for a fascinating tour of the exhibit, Return to Richs, and a lecture about this little-known chapter in Jewish history.


05/15/2014

7:00pm

Speakers and Lecture Series at the Atlanta Cyclorama: Confederate General John Bell Hood: The Lost Papers Featuring: Stephen M. Hood, Author

Event Date/Time: Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

One of the most influential and enigmatic Civil War Confederate generals, John Bell Hood was a controversial figure. By the time his memoir, Advance and Retreat, was published posthumously, he was largely blamed for contributing to the Confederacys loss. Upon his death at age forty-eight, General Hood was a physically and emotionally shattered man, a stark contrast to the handsome man and fearless war hero who valiantly led his soldiers in battle at Second Manassas, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. Based on General Hoods recently discovered personal papers, Stephen Hoods new book, The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood, sheds new insight on this larger-than-life figure. Audience members can pre-order a signed copy of the book which will be out later this Summer.


06/05/2014

7:00pm

Film Series at Atlanta Cyclorama - Blacking Up: Hip-Hops Remix of Race and Identity

Event Date/Time: Thursday, June 5 at 7:00pm
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

New York City African American and Latino youth created Hip-Hop more than thirty years ago in response to racial oppression and economic marginalization. It is now embraced by youth the world over and has become part of mainstream youth culture in the United States.

Blackening Up: Hip-Hops Remix of Race and Identity examines the popularity of Hip-Hop among Americas white youth and explores the roots of this admiration. Are white youth looking for ways to transcend race or is this another point along the continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation? Within a larger context, Blackening Up explores racial identity and authenticity in the United States.

The Atlanta Cyclorama is proud to partner with Urban Film Review to screen a series of documentaries that focus on important themes of the Civil War and their relevance to contemporary society. After each sixty-minute film, historian and educator specializing in African American history, Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire community engagement.


06/20/2014

11:00am-4:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Juneteenth Celebration

Event Date/Time: Friday, June 20 at 11:00am-4:00 p.m.
Location: Atlanta Cyclorama & Grant Park
Admission: FREE for everyone. BBQ and other delicious foods and refreshments will be available for sale.

When Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, to deliver General Order Number 3 informing enslaved African Americans they were free,the news came two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in1863. Upon hearing the news, African Americans started a tradition called Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Celebrations included rodeos, fishing and baseball, and typical foods enjoyed were barbeque and strawberry soda-pop.Events also focused on remembering the past, prayer, education and self-improvement. Come to Cyclorama for a day of fun, educational activities, poetry slams, and theater as we honor the memory of all formerly enslaved African Americans and celebrate this long-standing tradition.


07/10/2014

7:00pm

Speakers and Lecture Series at the Atlanta Cyclorama: Colored Confederates and U.S. Colored Troops Featuring: Earl James, Curator of African American and Community History, North Carolina Museum of History & Carl Russell, President, Crest Entertainment & Film Director

Event Date/Time: Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

When 84-year-old Mattie Clyburn Rice was mistakenly directed to the North Carolina State Archives to secure her birth certificate in 2005, she met reference archivist Earl James. Their meeting, though coincidental, was predestined. For fifteen years prior to Mrs. Rices arrival at the State Archives, James had been fighting an up-hill battle to prove that African Americans played significant roles in the Confederacy. Mrs. Rices family history not only validated James earlier research, but also led him on a journey to uncover important new information. This information inspired James and his brother, Carl Russell, to make a documentary about the history of Civil War-era Blacks who, determined to secure their freedom, aligned themselves with both the Union and the Confederacy. Join us for the Atlanta preview of their inspiring documentary and an engaging conversation with Mr. James and Mr. Russell.


07/11/2014-10/5/2014

Regular Museum Hours

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents:Art Against The Wall: The Battle of Atlanta at 150

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, July 11- October 5
Location: 72 Marietta Gallery (July 11 - October 5)
Admission: FREE for everyone

The United States Civil War was a war of unspeakable destruction and carnage. Art is a form of human expression that reaches us in ways language cannot. Using the art of renowned artist Radcliffe Bailey as the nexus, these shows will bring together an assemblage of artists and their work to explore difficult and controversial issues and themes related to the Civil War and its aftermath.


07/12/2014-07/20/2014

TBA

Atlanta Cyclorama in Partnership w/ B*ATL Present: The 150th Commemoration of Battle of Atlanta and Historic Battlefields.

This years BATL (Battle of Atlanta) programming kicks off with the BATL Gala on Saturday, July 12. Commemorative events continue throughout the week with fun activities that include military and civilian living history, Civil War to Civil Rights presentations, battlefield tours, music, storytelling, and the 5K Double quick Race. Activities take place on the Battle of Atlanta Battlefield in southeast Atlanta and many are free! On Sunday, July 20, BATL will host a free author presentation at the Atlanta Cyclorama to mark the 150th Anniversary of the actual battle. For more information on the finale at the Cyclorama and other BATL programs visit www.batlevent.org.


07/14/2014-07/18/2014

TBA

Atlanta Cyclorama & Jimmy Carter Museum Presents: From Civil War to Civil Rights - Teachers Summer Institute

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, July 14-18 at TBA
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium & Carter Center
Admission: FREE (limited space available); For more information & to register call 404.865.7126

The Civil War laid the foundation for the modern Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Now, 150 years after the wars end, we have an opportunity to use current research and scholarship to teach about the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil War in new and more meaningful ways. This teacher institute will expose teachers to dynamic speakers, primary documents, and cutting-edge scholarship that will improve their ability to provide this information to their students.Eligible for three PLUs


07/18/2014-04/26/2015

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Atlanta History Center in Partnership w/ the Atlanta Cyclorama Present: Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Jr. Collection

Event Date/Time: Friday, July 18, 2014-April 26, 2015
Location:Atlanta History Center
Admission: Adults $16.00; Seniors (65+) $13: Students (13-18); Youth (4-12) $11

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center is exhibiting, for the first time, the incredible collection of Confederate artifacts assembled by Atlanta collector George W. Wray Jr. (1936-2004). This collection uses very rare artifacts (Southern-made uniforms, flags, firearms, bayonets, and small-caliber artillery pieces) to tell the story of how a pre-industrial Confederacy managed to sustain a modern industrial war for four long years. Included in the exhibit are personal stories of those who carried or wore these objects into battle. A richly illustrated, full-color catalogue of the Wray Collection, to be published by the University of Georgia Press in October 2014, will accompany the exhibition.


07/20/2014

11:00am-4:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Family Fun Day

Event Date/Time: Sunday, July 20 at 11:00am-4:00pm
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8

Purchase tickets here or copy and paste link into your browser
https://www.atlantacyclorama.org/ticket-event.php?id=5

Spend a family day at Cyclorama learning in fun, hands-on ways about the Battle of Atlanta and the Civil War.Civil War educators will teach young people and their families the games and pastimes of the era. Storytellers, face painters, and Civil War re-enactors will keep you entertained and learning about the Civil War through engaging, interactive activities. The program is free with your paid admission to the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum.





07/22/2014

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents: Black Dispatches: Freedom Under Foot Featuring: Germaine Ingram with Co-creator Diane Monroe

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, July 22 at 7:00pm
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8

Purchase tickets here or copy and paste link into your browser
https://www.atlantacyclorama.org/ticket-event.php?id=6

From the beginning of the Civil War, African Americans knew that for them it was a unique opportunity. With thousands of white men joining the Confederate army, farms and plantations were left largely unattended. African Americans fled by the thousands to seek better conditionsand freedom. Using the lives of enslaved, fugitive and free African American Union informants as a window into the Civil War era, contemporary jazz tap dancer and folklorist Germaine Ingram will present a powerful one-woman dance performance accompanied by live violin music.


08/07/2014

7:00pm

Film Series at Atlanta Cyclorama - Ethnic Notions

Event Date/Time: Thursday, August 7 at 7:00pm
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

Narrated by Esther Rolle, beloved matriarch of the Evans home in the 1970s sitcom Good Times, Ethnic Notions traces the disturbing and deeply rooted past of the stereotypes and images that have fueled the bitter hatred of and prejudice against African Americans since the early 1800s.

With commentary from respected scholars, the documentary shows how these images took firmer root after the Civil War, during Reconstruction, and helped pave the way for the more psychological racial oppression of the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights Movement. The same stereotypes also would serve Hollywood well in the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, and advertising agencies from the early 20th-century to the present. A must see.

The Atlanta Cyclorama is proud to partner with Urban Film Review to screen a series of documentaries that focus on important themes of the Civil War and their relevance to contemporary society. After each sixty-minute film, historian and educator specializing in African American history, Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire community engagement.


08/10/2014

3:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents: No Cowards in Our Band - A Narrated Concert. Featuring Opera Ebony with Masud Olufani as Frederick Douglass

Event Date/Time: Sunday, August 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8

Purchase tickets here or copy and paste link into your browser
https://www.atlantacyclorama.org/ticket-event.php?id=7

As the Civil War raged on, concerned businessmen, politicians and abolitionists fought hard against slavery. Poetry set to popular and religious tunes, work songs, and Negro spirituals served as a redemptive balm for many African Americans during this time. Music provided moments of sustenance and hope for otherwise tortured bodies and souls. Join us as famed abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass recounts the tragedies and victories of those turbulent war years, set to music of the enslaved, in a special performance by the world-renowned voices of Opera Ebony.


08/21/2014

7:00pm

Speakers and Lecture Series at the Atlanta Cyclorama: What Shall We Remember? The Civil War Today - Featuring:
William Link, Professor of History, University of Florida
Michael Shaffer, Assistant Director, The Civil War Center/Kennesaw State University
Hari Jones, Assistant Director & Curator, The African American Civil Memorial and Museum
Christy Coleman, President, The American Civil War Center
Kahlil Chism, Education Specialist, The Carter Center

Event Date/Time: Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Atlanta Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

In 1871, Frederick Douglass gave a speech on Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) at the monument to the Unknown Dead of the Civil War in Arlington Cemetery. His speech included the following excerpt:

If we ought to forget a war which has filled our land with widows and orphans; which has made stumps of men of the very flower of our youth; which has sent them on the journey of life armless, legless, maimed and mutilated; which has piled up a debt heavier than a mountain of gold, swept uncounted thousands of men into bloody graves and planted agony at a million hearthstones - I say, if this war is to be forgotten, I ask, in the name of all things sacred, what shall men remember?

Now, 150 years hence, we still must ask ourselves this important question. As a community and as a nation what of the Civil War shall we remember? How does what we remember impact our present? And how will it influence our future? The invited presenters will help attendees explore answers to these complex questions



09/02/2014

6:30pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents: Native Guard - A Poetic Reading Featuring: Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate (2012-2013), Professor & Author

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8

Purchase tickets here or copy and paste link into your browser
https://www.atlantacyclorama.org/ticket-event.php?id=8

Creatively and effectively weaving the threads of her personal family story with those of the Nations, Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Tretheweys book of poetry is masterful. This assemblage of poems brings together memory and the immediacy of lived history. In each of the books three sections, Trethewey gives voice to a specific person or experience, and focuses on themes related to miscegenation, slavery and race, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. It culminates in a poignant collection of work that poetry lovers and historians will want to own. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


09/04/2014

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents: The Long Climb to Freedom: The A.A. Burleigh Story Featuring: Hasan Davis, Actor

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8

Purchase tickets here or copy and paste link into your browser
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Born to an English sea captain and an African American mother, Angus Augustus Burleigh (1848-1939) lived the first two years of his life in freedom. But when Angus was two-years-old, his alcoholic father died and left him and his mother prey to the harsh realities of a slave nation. They were abducted and taken from Virginia to Kentucky and sold into slavery. Fourteen years later Angus would escape enslavement, join the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.), and help win the war against the Confederacy. In 1875 he graduated from Berea College and become a minister and educator.Join us for a riveting, one-man performance based on Mr. Burleighs life.


09/18/2014

7:00pm

Film Series at Atlanta Cyclorama - Race: The Power of an Illusion

Event Date/Time: Thursday, September 18 at 7:00pm
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

The division of the worlds peoples into distinct races (black, red, yellow, white) is so entrenched in our way of thinking that to suggest other wise borders, seemingly, on the insane. However, that is exactly what this film does.

Race: The Power of an Illusion prompts us to question the validity of race as a biological fact. This documentary explores the science of race and challenges long-held assumptions that human diversity can be lumped into a few paltry categories.

The Atlanta Cyclorama is proud to partner with Urban Film Review to screen a series of documentaries that focus on important themes of the Civil War and their relevance to contemporary society. After each sixty-minute film, historian and educator specializing in African American history, Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire community engagement.


10/11/2014

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama & John Q. Project Presents: In Camp - Same-Gender Loving Men and Women in Blue and Gray

Event Date/Time: Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

The terms homosexual and heterosexual did not exist during the Civil War; indeed, they would not find their way into common parlance until thirty years after the war ended. However, LGBTQ people did exist. The complicated role of LGBTQ people in the military certainly did not begin with Dont Ask, Dont Tell. Using primary documents, letters, and mixed media this program will explore the complex and often misunderstood lives and experiences of same-gender-loving men and women during the Civil War.