February 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Al Alford of the Georgia State Park system present his research on the history of African American Parks in the State of Georgia. The presentation will center on the relationship between African Americans and Georgia State Parks during the Jim Crow era. In conjunction with this lecture, the Bartow History Museum will open a new feature exhibit on the history of Bartow Carver Park, once known as the George Washington Carver State Park. The park, on Allatoona Lake in southern Bartow County, was established in 1950 by John Atkinson, a former Tuskegee Airman, who became the first African American state park superintendent in Georgia. Known simply as “The Beach” by those who became regular visitors between 1950 and 1975, the park attracted visitors from throughout the southeast. The lecture presentation and exhibit opening is included with museum admission and free to Bartow History Museum members.