Flashback photos: 50 years ago in Georgia, 1968 Previous Gallery Next Gallery 1 / 25 Joe McTyre/AJC/AJC staff Businesses in Midtown on Peachtree St., looking north toward 14th Street. Photo taken on Feb. 26, 1968 2 / 25 Marion Crowe/AJC/AJC Staff I-285 stretches north into the distance while I-20 vehicle traffic passes beneath (middle of photo) in August 1968. Atlanta would be to the left side of the photo. 3 / 25 Charles Jackson/AJC/AJC staff A jammed Atlanta Municipal Airport parking lot in September 1968. 4 / 25 Guy Hayes/AJC Peachtree Street with the Equitable Building being constructed in background, April 1968. 5 / 25 Noel Davis/AJC Newly recruited women train for Atlanta police traffic positions, February 1968. In a sign of the times, the original information attached notes that "they attend weekly sessions in beauty, fashion, personality." 6 / 25 AJC file Police escort the body of Martin Luther King Jr. down Auburn Avenue during the funeral procession, April 1968. 7 / 25 Ben Fernandez/Special to the AJC/Special Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. at home in Atlanta in March 1968. A painting of Gandhi hangs in the background, and a bust of FDR is on the coffee table. 8 / 25 Guy Hayes/AJC Downtown Atlanta with view of buildings being constructed in September 1968, including the Equitable Building in the center (the darker building at the back). 9 / 25 no credit given Cherokee County resident Larry Colburn (right) shown here with an unknown soldier (left). Colburn was one of three GIs who interceded for the Vietnamese villagers in the My Lai massacre. He was recently awarded the Soldiers Medal in Washington D.C. and returned to My Lai for the new park. Photo circa 1968. 10 / 25 AJC file Students Beverly Harper and Louis Bamberg look over Georgia State College (now University) newspaper, The Signal. on the Sparks Hall Terrace with downtown Atlanta for a backdrop. 11 / 25 Unknown UGA II, the University of Georgia mascot, with his own fire plug in 1968. 12 / 25 Dwight Ross Jr./AJC David Hunter isn't thrilled as Dr. William Likosky gives him a shot of the measles vaccine at the Southside Child Development Center in Atlanta in October 1968. 13 / 25 Noel Davis/AJC Crowds swarm Wilt Chamberlain as he arrives for the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., April 1968. 14 / 25 J.C. Lee Martin Luther King Jr.'s casket during the funeral procession near the State Capitol, 1968 15 / 25 Charles D. Jackson/AJC Atlanta Municipal Airport, September 15, 1968. Less than three years later, it would be named for former mayor William B. Hartsfield and become an international airport. 16 / 25 Noel Davis/AJC Atlanta Chiefs soccer team photograph, July 1968. 17 / 25 Marion Crowe/AJC Atlanta Civic Center on April 19, 1968. 18 / 25 Noel Davis/AJC Coretta Scott King with Ralph D. Abernathy at press conference in Atlanta on April 7, 1968. 19 / 25 Bill Wilson/AJC/AJC Construction work beside the Northeast Expressway tol widen it by one lane from the Brookwood interchange south to 14th Street. This picture looks south toward downtown in 1968. 20 / 25 Marion Crowe/AJC Aerial view of the Lenox Square Mall area, Atlanta, Georgia, September 1968. 21 / 25 Charles D. Jackson/AJC Funeral procession passes in front of State Capitol in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., 1968 22 / 25 Marion Crowe/AJC Margaret Mitchell Square outside the Loew's Grand Theatre, September 1968 23 / 25 Charles R. Pugh/AJC Atlanta Chiefs Rookie of the Year Kaiser Motaung slips behind two defenders against the Cleveland Stokers, on June 24, 1968. The Chiefs won 3-1. 24 / 25 Floyd Jillson/AJC Richard Nixon (center just below the Regal sign) during a parade through Atlanta during a campaign stop, October 1968 25 / 25 Floyd Jillson/AJC Presidential candidate Richard Nixon during a campaign stop, October 1968. Related Flashback photos: 30 years ago, Georgia in 1988 Flashback photos: 40 years ago in Georgia, 1978 Flashback photos: Georgia downtowns, 1908-1987 Flashback Photos: Atlanta and Georgia in 1917 Flashback photos: Through Gwinnett’s past, 1942-1992 Sign up for e-newsletters Want more news? Sign up for free e-newsletters to get more of AJC delivered to your inbox.