The City of Atlanta’s official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Atlanta begins Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. with a kick-off event and opening ceremonies at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
The opening ceremonies include keynote speakers Dr. C.T. Vivian and Dr. Todd Groce.
Dr. Vivian, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor, will speak on how as Atlantans, we have a shared history of both slavery and Civil Rights. Dr. Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society will be speaking about the Civil War in Atlanta and why it still matters.
The Atlanta Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which was established to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Atlanta, is hosting the opening ceremonies. Afterwards, the commission is inviting visitors to tour other participating venues, which will have free tours and activities.
Free trolleys will shuttle the visitors to and from the venues throughout the day, including Oakland Cemetery, the Grant Mansion, Cyclorama and the East Atlanta Village, which is the site of the battlefield. Schedules and maps will be provided.