From Ancient Indian Artifacts to One of the State’s First Civil Rights Victories, Cartersville, Georgia, Brims with History

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Discover the Tellus Science Museum

History buffs will rejoice in the natural classroom found in Cartersville, Georgia.

For the first time in 100 years, Etowah artifacts are returning to the Peach State, to be displayed through October 1, at the Tellus Science Museum. Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Mississippians in the display, “From Clay to Copper.” The exhibit showcases more than 60 archaeological objects on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. These excavated artifacts are from the local Etowah Indian Mounds and reveal the rich culture and mining heritage of Cartersville. Continue the journey back in time and learn how a Tuskegee Airman’s dream took flight prior to the civil rights movement with a visit to George Washington Carver Park—Georgia’s first state park created for African American enjoyment during segregation. World War II veteran John Lloyd Atkinson sought a recreational facility for black Americans. The nearest African American recreational site, American Beach in Florida was a 700-mile round trip from Atlanta. Atkinson had tried unsuccessfully on his own to get permits to establish a park, but with the creation of Lake Allatoona, Atkinson’s campaign was rewarded. Though his victory was bound by segregation, it was a triumph that allowed blacks to gather in the safe harbor of a shared dream. Learn valuable lessons from the past while looking forward to a bright future in Cartersville, Georgia.

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