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New Hank Aaron Statue Unveiled At SunTrust Park

Mar 29, 2017
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The Atlanta Braves make their debut at SunTrust Park Friday, but a team legend makes his debut a little sooner. 

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A new statue of Hank Aaron will be unveiled Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. It's part of an exclusive fundraiser for Aaron's "Chasing the Dream Foundation."

The 9-foot, bronze sculpture of Aaron was made by Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin.

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Former Atlanta Mayor and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young joined the growing chorus of voices opposing Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed school takeover. The plan would let the state manage some low-performing schools. On Tuesday, Young held a press conference with Atlanta baseball legend Hank Aaron and Georgia PTA President Lisa-Marie Haygood.

Proponents of the so-called “Opportunity School District” say some schools are struggling so much that the state has to step in. Deal said recently that impoverished communities, where most of the 127 schools are located, don’t have a voice.

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The Atlanta Braves are a team of travel, and their latest destination is the newly built SunTrust Park in Cobb County. The Braves have spent about 20 years in Turner Field, but now it's time to say goodbye.

Their last game at the venue is Sunday, and for fans, the location change might be hard to swallow.

But the truth is, the Atlanta Braves have a long history of change.

The team first joined the National League in 1876, and at the time they weren't based in Atlanta. In fact, they weren't even called the Braves.

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When the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority announced a deal to sell the 67-acre Turner Field property, it chose to make the announcement next to the statue of Hank Aaron hitting his 715th home run.

Although the Atlanta Braves will be moving to Cobb County after this season, the Hank Aaron statue will remain in the city.

The city of Atlanta may have lost the Braves to Cobb County, but it won the tug-of-war to keep the iconic Hank Aaron statue within the city.

StoryCorps Atlanta

He was a minister, an activist and an educator; he presided over both Morehouse College and the Atlanta Board of Education. His name was Benjamin E. Mays, and Aug. 1 would have been his 122nd birthday. 

He passed away in 1984 at the age of 89, but his legacy is all around us and lives on in the stories of those who knew him ─ including Cathy Loving, his assistant from 1980 until his death. At the Atlanta StoryBooth, she tells friend Elisa Woods some lighter memories about this historically distinguished man, beginning with an unexpected joke on her first day on the job.