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Neighborhood Info On this website the Grant Park Area Map will include the Grant Park, Summer Hill and Sweet Auburn neighborhoods. Grant Park is a residential area where you will find Victorian mansions and Craftsman style bungalows. The neighborhood is also home to Zoo Atlanta and Oakland Cemetery the final resting place of famous Atlantans such as Maynard Jackson (Atlanta’s first African-American mayor) and Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone With The Wind).
The name Sweet Auburn was coined by African-American civic and political leader John Wesley Dobbs in 1893. During the restrictive Jim Crow era the Sweet Auburn neighborhood was a haven for Atlanta’s African-American businessmen, entrepreneurs, and the growing African-American middle class. The neighborhood is home to the Martin Luther King Center and is also home to the Ebenezer Baptist Church which was the epicenter of the American Civil Rights movement.
After the Civil war, the Summerhill neighborhood was settled by freed slaves and Jewish immigrants. In 1870, Summerhill was the location of the only public school for African-American children in Atlanta. Summerhill was also home to the Atlanta Braves Stadium (1966 – 1996) where Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run in 1974. The 1996 Olympic Stadium which was later converted to Turner Field was also a Summerhill fixture. The former Turner Field is soon to become the Georgia State Stadium.
The biggest concentration of street art in the Grant Park area is along Edgewood Ave. If you follow the first few markers below the map, you will be treated to a mini walking tour down Edgewood. Another smaller, but still not-to-be-missed grouping of murals is on Georgia Avenue near Turner Field.