Creating the Art and the Archive

Atlanta Legacy Makers is an initiative led by Central Atlanta Progress in partnership with the City of Atlanta. This project is a public commemoration of two Atlanta mayors, Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson. Through this effort, we embrace the legacy that Atlantans—now and next—are charged to carry forward.

On behalf of the Atlanta Legacy Makers project. Central Atlanta Progress, City of Atlanta, and Purpose Possible would like to invite you to:


A one-day symposium to launch the Mayor Ivan Allen Digital Archive, a project with roots going back to 2012. 

The symposium will feature a panel on Atlanta community archives partnerships with Jina DuVernay, Morna Gerrard, and Derek Mosley, moderated by Dr. Aisha Johnson. The schedule also includes a session on the Atlanta Legacy Makers project to commemorate the Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson mayoralties, along with (virtual) keynote lectures by artist/computer scientist Brian Foo and historian Dr. Tomiko Brown-Nagin, the Dean of Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute and a leading authority on Atlanta in the Civil Rights Era.

This event is being jointly sponsored by the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; the Georgia Tech Library; the School of History and Sociology; the School of Literature, Media, and Communication; and the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center. 

We can accommodate up to 50 in-person attendees and up to 500 virtually at this hybrid event.

For those attending in person, a boxed lunch will be provided along with a complimentary copy of Dr. Brown-Nagin’s new book, Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality.

You can find more information and a registration link for the event here:

August 23rd, 2021:

The Atlanta Legacy Makers Curatorial Committee is proud to announce that

has been chosen as the team to complete the commemorative sculpture honoring Mayors Allen and Jackson in Woodruff Park.


Read more about the submission process and teams here.



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The idea for an artistic tribute to Mayors Allen and Jackson was born in 2018 when local developer Gene Kansas invited Gary M. Pomerantz, the author of Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, to speak. During the talk, Pomerantz shared the significance of both Atlanta mayors on the history of our city. Inspired by the talk and the feedback from guests in attendance, journalist Maria Saporta (Saporta Report) wrote an opinion piece encouraging the city to commemorate the special relationship between the Mayors in the form of a sculpture at the intersection of Peachtree St. and Auburn Avenue.