The Temple, prominent Atlanta landmark, to get historic marker


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The Temple, prominent Atlanta landmark, to get historic marker

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Mayor William B. Hartsfield and Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild after the Temple bombing, October 1955. Courtesy of The Atlanta Constitution

The imposing building has kept watch over Peachtree Street for decades.

It’is considered a must-see site for visitors to the city and stands as a testament to Atlanta’s strong Jewish community.

Now the Temple, known as the first official Jewish institution in Atlanta and the site of a devastating Civil Rights-era bombing is getting more recognition.

The Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a new historical marker  at 4 p.m. Friday at 1589 Peachtree St. NE. The marker is the most recent addition to the Georgia Civil Rights Trail, an initiative focusing on history of the Civil Rights Movement. 

The Temple was founded in 1867.


According to its web site, its membership includes more than 1,500 families as members.

 “The Temple is honored that the Georgia Historical Society has selected our congregation to be part of their Georgia Civil Rights Trail program.

The Temple on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Unknown/AJC

This designation could not be more timely as we are celebrating our 150th anniversary,” Executive Director Mark Jacobson said in a release.

 Speakers will include Dr. W. Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society; Rabbi Peter S. Berg, senior rabbi of the Temple, and Rabbi Emeritus Alvin M. Sugarman.

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