Important historical and cultural events have marked the history of Atlanta making it the city that it is today, including its unique ethnic and economical characteristics. Hollywood chose it in the 30’s for the famous scene of the fire in “Gone with the Wind”, the Cola-Cola Company elected the Capital of Georgia as the first site to produce the famous drink at the end of the nineteenth century and Martin Luther King Jr. chose it as the fulcrum of the movement for civil rights of the African-American population in the 50’s and 60’s.
Thanks to its fast growing economic development and its progressive attitude, Atlanta is also named the 'Capital of the New South' and it will always be known as the first city in the entire country to elect a black mayor.
Visiting Atlanta's city center, rebuilt after the siege of the Civil War, means retracing the tumultuous historical events and discovering the surprising modernity with which it has been able to reinvent itself. The State Capitol, in particular, stands out for its golden dome, while the historic Fairlie - Poplar district contains 20 blocks of houses built between 1880 and the First World War.
Located in the Buckhead district, surrounded by typical Victorian age Georgian houses, the Atlanta History Center invites you to explore the past of the State of Georgia through amazing exhibitions while in the historic Sweet Auburn district you can visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, next to the tomb and the birthplace of this great activist and Nobel laureate.