Project Timeline

--Sept 2006:
1906 Atlanta Race Riot Remembrance Coalition Community Partner
--Oct 2006:
Old Stone Church on Candler Park Home Tour
--Nov 2006:
“Welcoming Luncheon” with Antioch East Elders at Old Stone Church
--Feb 2007:
“Undying Faith” Video Premier at Old Stone Church with CPNO
--April 2007:
“Going Home” Antioch East Choirs Public Concert at Old Stone Church. AJC feature article 4/16/07
--April 2007:
Candler Park BiRacial Historic Walking Tour Map, 1st Edition
--May 2007/ 2008:
History Project Exhibits at Edgewood Museum & Gallery of Memories
--Nov 2007:
Historic Marker placed at Old Stone Church
--Nov 2007:
Historic TimeLine Exhibit at Antioch East Baptist Church 133 Anniversary
--Dec 2007:
GA Afr-Amer Historic Preservation Network "Reflections" article on Old Stone Church History Project
Atlanta Parks & Design Commissions, NPU-N & CPNO approve concept for Afr-Amer Historic Markers in Candler Park
--Spring 2009:
History Project brick added to Mary Lin School patio
--May 2010:
Unveiling of Legacy Markers at Sites 2 & 3
--May 2011/2012/2013: Fellowship in the Park
--Nov 2011: Commemoratice Bench installed at Site 4
Legacy Marker installed at Site 4
Local History Collection & Curriculum at Mary Lin Elementary School
Phoenix Flies Walking Tours
Shannon L Clark
Memorial Scholarship

Civil Bikes new tour partner

Antioch East Combined Choirs

Antioch East Combined Choirs Perform at “Going Home Concert,” April 2007.

Antioch East Current SignFirst Existential sign

The Project

This research and public education work documents the presence of a vibrant African American pioneer community located in and around what is now Candler Park, Atlanta,  beginning in the 1870s. We encourage your participation in this ongoing inquiry, along with Antioch East Baptist Church, First Existentialist Congregation, Mary Lin School, Edgewood and Candler Park neighbors, other schools and community partners. Together with the stakeholders, we are building respectful connections through research and fellowship to unveil obscured dimensions of our local history. This inclusive work offers a mindful platform for understanding our interconnected roles in the legacy and future of our Atlanta community.

“The beginnings of the area called Candler Park can be traced back to a city called Edgewood formally incorporated in 1898. The 1910 census shows the population of the area was 59% Black and 41% White. The racial makeup of the area between 1910 and 1920 shifted to 89% White and 11% Black. It was during this time that the Antioch Baptist Church belonging to a Black congregation was burned on (what is now) Oakdale Rd., and rebuilt on (what is now) Candler Park Dr. This Black community developed in the late nineteenth century on what would become the southwest edge of Candler Park. The development began when a White, married woman bought a piece of property, subdivided it, and sold it to Black individuals. These individuals and their families developed it into a thriving community, with two major institutions, a church and a social lodge.” 

Research by Amy Meyer (Burns) 1995, GA State University

We continue with this research and welcome your input to help us gather the most accurate information, photos and oral histories about this historic biracial neighborhood. Thank you for your interest.