History

t10mailbox.jpgThere’s a sculpture depicting 400 years of slavery in the New World, with chains around a giant railroad spike finally broken. It stands in front of the home where two of the first ex-slaves in Atlanta, Madison and Sarah Reynolds, lived above a store they owned and operated in a neighborhood named Reynoldstown after them, which was exclusively populated by freed slaves working for the railroad after the Civil War. While the guide of the bike tour explained all this, a white woman came outside to check the mail. She lives there now. In fact, 65% of the residents of Reynoldstown are now white, with that number rising each year. Reynoldstown is now pretty much history.

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