If you want to take an exciting journey back in time, visit the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum. The Cyclorama is the home of a one-of-a-kind, panoramic picture – 42 feet tall and 358 feet in circumference – of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, during the American Civil War.
This year, the Atlanta Cyclorama will celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta with film screenings, art exhibits, lectures, dance presentations, theatrical productions and much more.
“The sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta will take place in 2014,” said Camille Russell Love, director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “To commemorate this significant anniversary, the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum will host numerous activities on site and around the city all year long.”
“We will feature the work of world-renowned authors and artists like Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Radcliffe Bailey, Germaine Ingram, Charles McNair, Opera Ebony and Natasha Trethewey. From robust conversa-tions about those who fought and those who stayed home, acknowledgement of the Jewish contribution, the journey to freedom, and the history of celebrations following the Emancipation Proclamation, we’ll present events for families, students, book clubs, teachers, historians and art lovers,” Love said.
The Atlanta Cyclorama has several events planned for the year. Below are some of the highlights of the 2014 program.
“February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four” on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. – free film screening
“That Which Survives” on March 13 at 7 p.m. – free lecture by author Dolen Perkins-Valdez
“At the River I Stand” on April 3 at 7 p.m. – free film screening
“Pickett’s Charge: A Novel on Thursday” on April 10 at 7 p.m. – free lecture by author Charles McNair
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is located near downtown Atlanta, in Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, 30315. For more information and to plan your visit, go to www.atlantacyclorama.org. All events take place at the Atlanta Cyclorama unless otherwise noted.
– Deanna Cauthen