An interactive installation featuring 100 years of Boulevard  in the Old Fourth Ward

On May 21, 1917, Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward was changed forever by a fire that raged for 12 hours and destroyed 300 acres of residences, businesses, and community institutions.

Through historical images, maps, and facts, this installation illustrates the transformation of the Boulevard corridor and environs over the past 100 years, including investment by key stakeholders in the community’s past, present, and future.

Take your time, read, ask questions, and learn about the 100-year history of Boulevard. 

Located on Edgewood Avenue off of Bouelvard:   Learn about the background of the Old Fourth Ward and the Great Atlanta Fire from 1900-1917 including an interaction with Margaret Mitchell. 

In the middle of Edgewood Avenue:  Discover the impact of the Great Fire on the Boulevard and Parkway corridors from 1920s to the early 2000s.  Learn about the major stakeholders that helped to rebuild the Old Fourth Ward are featured: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center (formerly Georgia Baptist  Hospital),  Wingate Companies,  The King Center and the National Parks Service.   Experience Martin Luther King Jr’s, I Have a Dream speech, performed by Stephon Ferguson. 

Close to Jackson Street on Edgewood Avenue:  Gain insight into the rejuvenation and reinvention in the O4W since 2007 and ongoing today.  You’ll have a chance to engage with WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and Wingate regarding their current and future plans for the Boulevard corridor.