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Commentary: Marker Celebrates Atlanta's Olympic Legacy

Nov 16, 2016
Maria Saporta

The Georgia Historical Society unveiled a historic marker at Centennial Olympic Park on Nov. 1 to commemorate the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

The marker is between the Olympic Rings Fountain and Marietta Street across Andrew Young International Boulevard from the Metro Atlanta Chamber building.

The last sentence on the new historic marker sets the stage: “The 1996 Olympics promoted Atlanta's image as an international city, positioning it to play an important role in global commerce.”

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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.   

Theresa Davis of Atlanta's Art Amok! Slam Team reads from one of her books of poetry at Java Monkey Speaks in Decatur. The Java Monkey Slam Team will represent the host city of Decatur in the National Poetry Slam.
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