Legacy to Mayors Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson taking shape

March 1,2021

Maria Saporta, Saporta Report

A legacy to honor the intertwined lives of Atlanta Mayors Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson will adorn the northern part of Woodruff Park and activate the plaza in front of the fountain at the corner of Peachtree and Auburn Avenue.

Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the City of Atlanta have just announced the four finalist teams have been selected from a call for submissions to design a public commemoration in honor of Allen and Jackson – inspired by the book by Gary Pomerance – “Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.”

The multi-faceted initiative is the Atlanta Legacy Makers, and it includes a series of podcasts as well as testimonials to better understand the relationship of Atlanta’s two iconic mayors and their families from segregation to integration.

curatorial committee of 16 architects, artists and other civic players is being chaired by Tristan Al-Haddad, creative director of Formations Studio who is also a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech.

“The challenge of this project is how to honor the explicit legacy of two men and two families and what they represented to Atlanta and its history,” Al-Haddad said in an interview. “I think it’s going to be a really powerful project that will contribute to Atlanta’s legacy of creating a more holistic and equitable city.”

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