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Site #1.
Old Stone Church

Second Sanctuary of Antioch (East) Baptist Church, 1918-1950. Since 1980, home to the First Existentialist Congregation.

Site #2. Rose Hill

Site of the African American community of Rose Hill/Mayson Ave. Subdivision, 1892-1942.

#3. Evening
Star Lodge

Site of the Edgewood Evening Star Lodge, 1893-1942, serving the surrounding Black Community.

Site #4.
First Site of Antioch (East) Baptist Church

Original site of the Antioch (East) Baptist Church, 1877-1916.

Site #5.
Hooper St.

An African American enclave from 1880s to 1980s. Many Antioch East Baptist Church Elders were born and lived on this street.

Site #6.
Mary Lin School

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Mary Lin School

The early Mary Lin School building was not open to neighborhood African American children living nearby on Hooper, Mayson N., Carlton, & Whitefoord N.

Site #6. Mary Lin School

Located at 586 Candler Park Dr., Mary Lin Elementary School was built around 1927 (shown on the 1930 Walking Tour map as ‘Edgewood School’). When Lin School opened in 1929, it was an Atlanta Public School for White children only. Today's African American Elders who were Candler Park residents as children, recall challenges they faced to attend the Negro school across the tracks. They made the daily, too often-unfriendly, 2 mile walk - through Candler Park, crossing over the railroad and into the Barnesville Community in Edgewood to attend their Wesley Ave. Elementary School.

The Sanborn Fire Insurance map from 1924, Vol. 7 (1911-1925) shows nine homes that were removed soon after 1924 to make way for the Edgewood/Lin School construction. According to our sources, these nine homes housed Black residents. Atlanta City Directories indicate and oral history accounts tell us that in the 1920’s all residences on Candler Park Drive, north of the Old Stone Church, were African American owned and/or occupied.

Lin Elementary School was desegregated in 1965, when all grades in the Atlanta Public Schools were ordered integrated by a new school board policy. Lin’s post-segregation principals may be best represented by the bold 1990s leadership of Dr. Adelia Hall, who wrote in 1994, “Our strength has come from the spirit of diverse families and a talented, committed staff combining their energies to build a great learning environment. Let it always be so.”