Earlier this week, we posted a blog entry about the installation of the Legacy Markers in the park. Here's an account of the event by Tom Painter, as well as a couple of photos. Thanks again to the volunteers.
At 9:00 on steamy Saturday morning, 23 August, a group of energized volunteers gathered on the park side of Candler Park Drive at Miller Ave., the location of what used to be an African American Legacy Marker of the Early Edgewood-Candler Park BiRacial History Project. I say “used to be” because earlier this January a semi-truck and trailer caught and broke off a large limb from a tree just south of the marker’s location, dragged the limb like a very large club as the truck moved northward, hitting and destroying the marker.
Saturday’s group was ably led by Edi Kelman (who also provided cold water and very tasty brownies!), and was tasked with installing a new marker, freeing the pathway along the street from creeping kudzu and low-hanging branches, spreading mulch around the marker, and generally sprucing the place up. Randy Pimsler and Danny Feig were the marker installers-in-chef. Other helpers included Amy Irwin, Bill Read, Bonnie Palter, Carol Gregory, Daryl Nenstiel, Diirga Bough, Don Bender, Glen Lopez, Jesse Orrock, Jim Kessel, John Skach, Kelly Jordan, Ken Edelstein, Peter & Kelly Bluestone, Roger Bakeman, Roz Mance, Seth Eisenberg, Tom Painter, and Michael Browne. The newly replaced Legacy Marker provides information about the 1893-1942 site of the African American Edgewood Evening Star Lodge, which is now a soccer pitch.
Once this task was complete, the group moved to the park’s southwest corner and handily replaced a second marker that had been knocked seriously out of kilter during construction of the McLendon Ave. sidewalk. This was the site of the Rose Hill/Mayson Ave. Subdivision (1892-1942). Thanks to the BiRacial History Project’s partners*, a Park Pride Small Change grant, a Love Your Block grant from the Mayor’s office, Kissberg Construction Co., and the neighborhood volunteers, these Legacy Markers once again provide passersby with valuable information, telling the stories of the African American community and residents who once thrived in what many Candler Park neighbors think of simply as “our park.” Apologies to any who helped whose names are not included.
By Tom Painter
* Project Partners: First Existentialist Congregation, Antioch East Baptist Church, Candler Park Neighborhood Organization, Pimsler Hoss Architects, Small Carpenters at Large, 420 Oakdale Group, Friends of Candler Park, and Mary Lin School.
More pictures here