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Shotgun Houses

472 - 488 Auburn Avenue

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2012
1. Shotgun Houses Marker
Inscription.  
These duplexes are typical of the houses where Atlanta's blue-collar laborers lived in the early 1900s. The Empire Textile Co. built them for its white mill workers, but they moved out after the 1906 Atlanta race riot, and blacks began renting them. The houses generally are one room wide and up to four rooms deep. They are called "shotgun" houses because the interior and exterior doorways are aligned, so a shot supposedly could be fired through them from front to back. Another theory is that the name comes from the African word "to-gun," which means place of assembly.

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The militia was called out when whites and blacks clashed in a violent race riot in September 1906.

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The backs of the houses hummed with activity as women washed clothes and prepared meals while their children played in the yards.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitecture
Shotgun House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2012
2. Shotgun House and Marker
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Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1906.
 
Location. 33° 45.334′ N, 84° 22.294′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Auburn Avenue NE east of Boulevard NE, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 488 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30312, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Home (a few steps from this marker); The Birthplace (a few steps from this marker); Fire Station No. 6 (within shouting distance of this marker); Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Stepping Up (within shouting distance of this marker); Apartment House (within shouting distance of this marker); Neighborhood Pride (within shouting distance of this marker); Bryant-Graves House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Atlanta Race Riot of 1906. (Submitted on April 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Atlanta Race Riot of 1906. (Submitted on April 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 615 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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