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Cotton States Exposition of 1895

 
 
Cotton States Exposition of 1895 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, August 14, 2008
1. Cotton States Exposition of 1895 Marker
Inscription. Was held for 100 days from Sept. 18, to Dec. 31, 1895 in Piedmont Park. This event was held at a time when the regions population was only 75,000 and economically depressed. The people of Atlanta raised two million dollars to finance a public exposition. The theme for the exposition was two fold; to exhibit the resources of the Cotton States; and to stimulate trade with Spanish American Countries. The exposition attracted over 800,000 visitors from 37 states and foreign countries. Eleven elaborate exhibition buildings were built to house 6,000 exhibits. Principal buildings included the 65,000 sq. ft. US Government Building, the Negro Building, Womenís Building, Georgia Building, Electrical Building. Other attractions included a Ferris Wheel, moving picture theater, water rides, reunion of Confederate and Union soldiers, University of Georgia vs. Auburn University football game, the Liberty Bell, Buffalo Billís Wild West Show, President Grover Cleveland and John Philips Sousa composed the King Cotton March for the occasion. All citizens were involved in the exposition and the success of the exposition proved to lift the community to a high plane of prosperity and public spirit.
 
Erected 1995 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 060-177.)
 
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Cotton States Exposition of 1895 Marker with Piedmont Park fields in background image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, August 14, 2008
2. Cotton States Exposition of 1895 Marker with Piedmont Park fields in background
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 47.188′ N, 84° 22.636′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from Piedmont Road near 14th Street. Click for map. Located inside Piedmont Park at the 14th Street entrance. On hill above the soccer fields. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30309, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Booker T. Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Oldest D.A.R. Chapter (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Habersham Memorial Hall (about 800 feet away); Sector of Siege Line (approx. half a mile away); Bateís Division (approx. half a mile away); Margaret Mitchell House (approx. half a mile away); Stevenson's Division (approx. 0.7 miles away); Margaret Mitchell (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cotton Exhibitions in Atlanta. The Exposition of 1895 was one of three hosted in Atlanta. These fairs were used to attract interest and investment in Atlanta, Georgia, and neighboring states. (Submitted on March 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Atlanta Compromise Speech. The exposition featured a speech by Booker T. Washington,
Atlanta Cotton Exposition: <i>Looking N.E. from Phoenix Wheel</i> image. Click for full size.
By R.A. Ellis, 1895
3. Atlanta Cotton Exposition: Looking N.E. from Phoenix Wheel
Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.
African-American leader. In his speech, Washington defined the solution to race problems in the South as vocational education. This speech was widely circulated at the time, and has become the standard reference when comparing Washington's approach to that of W.E.B. DeBois, who advocated legal action to achieve equality. (Submitted on March 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Atlanta Cotton Exposition: <i>Looking South from Bell Tower</i> image. Click for full size.
By R.A. Ellis, 1895
4. Atlanta Cotton Exposition: Looking South from Bell Tower
Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,299 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia.   3, 4. submitted on . • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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