Flashback photos: 1969, 50 years ago in Georgia Previous Gallery 1 / 28 Tracy O’Neal Atlanta Airport parking lot, February 1969. N48-002_01, Tracy O'Neal Photographic Collection, 1923-1975, Photographic Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University. 2 / 28 AJC file The original caption from October 1969: "Atlanta Stadium was packed for the playoffs...the Braves were cheered on by supporters like (left to right) Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Montgomery and Mr. and Mrs. Mills B. Lane." 3 / 28 The Ambassador Restaurant at 3850 Roswell Road (just north of Powers Ferry Road) in September 1969. N48-005_a, Tracy O'Neal Photographic Collection, 1923-1975, Photographic Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. 4 / 28 Marion Crowe/AJC Braves ticket requests pile in as office workers sort through the mail before the World Series, September 1969. 5 / 28 Charles Bennett/AJC The original caption from November 1969: "The heart of Georgia's rugged defense goes over the latest report on Auburn's credentials. Sitting: David McKnight (from left), Tim Callaway, Lee Daniel. Standing: Steve Greer (from left), Ronnie Huggins, Coach Erskine Russell.” 6 / 28 Hugh Stovall/AJC Carnegie Library (Atlanta Public Library) in downtown Atlanta, 1969. It stood on the site of the current Central Library and was torn down in 1977. 7 / 28 AJC file Ron Reed (right) and Orlando Cepeda (back to camera) celebrate in clubhouse after winning the National League West division in September 1969. 8 / 28 Robert Connell/AJC The Atlanta Chiefs, seen here in July 1969, included Boy-Boy Motaung (from left), Nick Papadakis, Everald Cummings, Freddie Mwila, Emment Kapengwe, Graham Newton and Mike Ash. 9 / 28 The original caption from July 1969: "Hippies and police eye each other cautiously as tension rises in the 10th Street district. Both the officers and the 'Freaks' claim they are being harassed -- by each other." The area was known as the Strip and tensions would escalate until a confrontation got out of control at Piedmont Park concert in September 1969. 10 / 28 Noel Davis The original caption from September 1969: "Tear gas rises over Piedmont Park field as police hurl canisters into angry group of hippies. Crowd of 1,000 on hand for folk music concert. Melee erupts when youth arrested for interference." The concert was headlined by the Hampton Grease Band, which was definitely not a folk band. 11 / 28 Noel Davis The original caption from September 1969: "Police nightsticks swing in Piedmont Park melee. 35 to 40 policemen called to subdue crowd at concert.” Escalating tensions between police and the hippie community centered in Midtown came to a head at this Piedmont Park concert headlined by Atlanta’s Hampton Grease Band. 12 / 28 Tracy O’Neal Fine Arts Cinema (later the Garden Hills Cinema) at 2835 Peachtree Road NE. N48-111_a, Tracy O'Neal Photographic Collection, 1923-1975, Photographic Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. 13 / 28 AJC file Hank Aaron and Mayor Ivan Allen Jr during an interview in the locker room, 1969 14 / 28 Floyd Jillson/AJC Hank Aaron, 1969 15 / 28 Charles R. Pugh Jr./AJC The original caption from December 1969: "It is the first Christmas away from home for some hippies. Older residents will string beads for them as Christmas presents." 16 / 28 Marion Crowe In April 1969, Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen puts a wreath on the grave of Martin Luther King Jr. one year after his death. 17 / 28 Marion Crowe Atlanta Braves' players Clete Boyer, Phil Niekro and Orlando Cepeda, May 1969. 18 / 28 Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Piedmont Hospital gift shop, June 1969. LBSCB13-091a, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. 19 / 28 Joe McTyre/AJC The original caption from December 1969: “Smiling Jack Franco to close delicatessen. Shop sandwiched between hippie businesses.” 20 / 28 AJC file The original caption, from December 1969: "Here's Our New Runway: Atlanta Airport's newly completed main runway stretches 10,000 feet into the distance, making cars and trucks (foreground) look tiny by comparison. The runway (at right) is 150 feet wide and the taxiway (at left) is 75 feet wide. The main terminal is at upper left." 21 / 28 Marion Crowe/AJC Students from the Teasley School fly some kites they made in Smyrna, March 1969. 22 / 28 Chuck Vollertsen/AJC This photo accompanied a story about Southwest Atlanta for Progress (SWAP) taking a survey of neighborhood racial percentages in October 1969. The caption noted that 96 percent of the students at Southwest High School were African-American. 23 / 28 AJC file Old Grist Mill at Stone Mountain in 1969. The mill's original site was near Ellijay. It was moved to Stone Mountain Park in 1965. 24 / 28 J.C. Lee/AJC Traffic congestion on the Downtown Connector, looking southeast towards the Equitable Building in downtown Atlanta in May 1969. 25 / 28 J.C. Lee Traffic on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector looking south from 5th Street on April 17, 1969. 26 / 28 AJC file Robert W. Woodruff on horseback, hunting at his Ichauway plantation in Southwest Georgia near Newton on January 9, 1969. 27 / 28 AJC file Set of baseball tickets for the Braves in the World Series, 1969. The Braves missed out, though, losing to the New York Mets in the National League Championship game. 28 / 28 Dwight Ross Jr. The original caption from November 1969: "Lights Go On. Atlanta's Christmas season is now official. The lighting of the giant tree at Rich's, an annual event, was witnessed by a crowd of more than 100,000. A 500-voice choir sang carols prior to the lighting of the 70-foot Yuletide symbol. This is the 22nd consecutive year the ceremony has been held." 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