A Look Back: This month in Atlanta’s history

Camille Russel Love
Camille Russell Love

By Ann Taylor Boutwell

July 1, 1998: Camille Russell Love began a new career as the director of Atlanta’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs. She assumed responsibility over the contracts and programs of the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, Chastain Arts Center and the Atlanta Jazz Festival, to name a few.

July 2, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson invited Martin Luther King, Jr. to the White House’s Oval Office for the Civil Rights Act signing of 1964.

July 4, 1925: Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and John Robert Marsh married in the Unitarian-Universalist Church at 669 West Peachtree and Third streets (demolished in 1970s). Her wedding attire was a sleeveless chiffon purple pansy-colored afternoon dress topped by an orchid-colored picture straw hat. Medora Field Perkerson was the matron of honor and Frank Lebby Stanton, Jr. was the best man. Author Marianne Walker noted in her book, The Love Story, that later that night friends celebrated at the couple’s Crescent Avenue apartment called “The Dump,” which is now known as the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civl Rights Act of 1964 as Martin Luther King Jr. looks on.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civl Rights Act of 1964 as Martin Luther King Jr. looks on.

July 10, 1993: The Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games (ACOG) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Centennial Olympic Stadium, now known as Turner Field.

July 14, 1846: Atlanta’s first newspaper, a four-page weekly called The Luminary, rolled off the press in an office on the westside of Whitehall Street, today’s Peachtree. Editor Rev. Joseph S. Baker announced he would remain neutral in both politics and religion.

July 16, 1990: The Atlanta City Council proclaimed Kenny Leon Day to honor the theatrical artist who was then artistic director of the Alliance Theatre. In 2002, he teamed up with Jane Bishop to create Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre. Last month, Leon won his first Tony Award for directing the Broadway revival of A Raisin In the Sun.

Historian and Margaret Mitchell House docent Ann Taylor Boutwell can be reached at annboutwell@bellsouth.net.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley is the editor of Atlanta Intown.