City celebrates legacy of historic Westside Village

Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr. in partnership with Wal-Mart Supercenter, located at 835 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive will unveil 50 images honoring individuals, businesses and educational institutions of the Atlanta’s Historic Westside Village.

The ceremony will take place 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Wal-Mart .

Historic Westside Village is the name used to define the economic development district surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive corridor and the historic neighborhoods that it supports. Throughout the history of Atlanta, its west side has produced people, businesses and educational institutions that have helped to distinguish our city as a mecca for business, politics, education, entertainment and athletics. This legacy continues to date.

There are numerous notable persons and establishments that possess remarkable histories; however, “Legends of the Historic Westside Village” are those that have made contributions that not only served Atlanta’s Westside but the entire city and beyond.

The honorees will include notable Atlantans such as former Mayor Maynard Holbrook Jackson, former Judge Austin Thomas Walden, Dr. Hamilton E. Holmes, Sr., educator W.E.B Du Bois and institutions such as the Atlanta University Center.

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