Not all of your time at Spelman will be spent studying,
a wide range of venues and activities from which
choose. Spelman students enjoy touring the galleries at the
Museum of Art, shopping at the malls around Atlanta, catching
game at Turner Field, attending concerts and shows at the
Fox Theatre, playing with the animals at the Atlanta Zoo,
and absorbing history and culture in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn
district. There are also lots of great places to eat: a few
favorites of Spelman students include the Shark Bar, Three
Take a minute to discover all the popular attractions you can visit when you arrive in Atlanta.
Located in the Sweet Auburn area of downtown Atlanta, the APEX (African-American Panoramic Experience) Museum serves as a gateway to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District. The small but growing museum, housed in a beautifully restored 1910 building, chronicles the history of Sweet Auburn and offers changing exhibits on African Americans.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
The Auburn Avenue Research Library is an amazing $10 million facility dedicated to African-American research. Be sure to check out the free lecture series, exhibits, and cultural events.
Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is home to one of the oldest Black congregations in the United States. The original church, built in the 1890s, was destroyed by fire in 1920. Today's building, constructed in 1924, has recently undergone a $1.8 million renovation.
The Fabulous Fox has had many close encounters during its lifetime. It originated as a mosque and movie house in the 1920s, but fell into financial difficulty during the Great Depression, and thrived again until the early 70s, when it struggled and was threatened by destruction until Atlanta Landmarks took over in 1976. Today, it is a majestic performance and special event venue, as well as a movie house in the summer.
Hammonds House Galleries and Resource Center of African American Art is Georgia's only independent fine art museum dedicated to presenting art by peoples of African descent. The museum houses an extraordinary collection of Haitian and African tribal art and serves as a resource center for Black artists worldwide.
The High Museum of Art
The High features a permanent gallery that you can visit anytime, as well as acclaimed feature exhibits such as Norman Rockwell, Picasso, and Pop Art. You can tour at your leisure or become a member.
Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social
Change continues King's work, holding workshops on famine
and illiteracy, providing day care for needy families, and
teaching nonviolent leadership skills. The Exhibition Hall
houses King's Bible and clerical robe, the Grammy Award he
won for his "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam" speech, and
a replica of the Nobel Peace Prize he won in 1964. The key
to his Memphis motel room where he was assassinated in April
4, 1968, is also on display here. One of the Center's most
moving sites is King's white marble crypt, which rests on
a five-tiered reflecting pool in Freedom Plaza. The tomb
is inscribed with his words: "Free at Last. Free at Last.
Thank God Almighty I'm Free at Last." An eternal flame, symbolizing
the continuing efforts to realize King's dream, burns nearby.
Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore and Cultural Center
The mission of the Shrine of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church (PAOCC) is to transform the spiritual emptiness, economic powerlessness and social disorganization that the church believes has plagued the Black community. The bookstore and cultural center is an excellent place to view African-American art exhibits, attend book signings by Black authors, participate in discussion groups and Bible studies, and listen to African storytelling.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Located just a few moments away from the Spelman College campus, Six Flags offers hours of breathtaking fun. You can ride any of the eight roller coasters, catch a show at one of the performance venues, play games for prizes, or enjoy a meal in the shade.
With so many winning sports teams in Atlanta, it's hard to choose, but you'll always find a game worth watching! The Atlanta Braves play at Turner Field, while the Falcons inhabit the 80,000-seat Georgia Dome, and the Thrashers hockey team and Hawks baseball team play in the newly built Phillips Arena.
Sweet Auburn district
A walk down Auburn Avenue is one of the best history lessons
and business district, even in the face of
laws, inspired political leader John Wesley Dobbs to
area "sweet" because
--including the three Bs -- "bucks, ballots
home and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached. Other
Avenue attractions include the King Center, the
Museum, the National Park Service Visitor Center, and
Atlanta Life Building, which until 1980 was the headquarters
country's largest black-owned stockholder life insurance
company. You can also see the historic offices of the Atlanta
World, the first Black daily paper worldwide.
Underground Atlanta is a favorite spot with Spelman students.
Underground is known for its specialty shops, eateries, and
special events such as the Midday Jazz Excursion and the
annual Open Air Market.
The advent of the pandas at Zoo Atlanta has made it more popular than ever for a day trip. You can wander through the various exhibits and learn about all kinds of animals, from elephants to emus, otters to ostriches.