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Black Mecca: 10 Amazing Facts About Atlanta

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Atlanta has gained the largest draw of African-Americans as they continue their Southward migration over the past decade. The city has become a magnet for Black professionals. Its metro area added about 500,000 African-Americans between the 2000 and 2009 period, that’s more than twice the next-largest numeric gainer, Dallas, according to an analysis of Census data by William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Only New York City rivals Atlanta in the number of museums of Black history, art and cultural heritage. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and APEX Museum are in the “Sweet” Auburn Street area just east of Downtown. Atlanta civic and political leader John Wesley Dobbs (1882-1961) called “Sweet” Auburn Avenue, “the richest Negro street in the world.”

Other African-American museums are within walking distance of each other on the Atlanta University Center campus or in nearby West End, a neighborhood of Victorian houses that has become the center of the African-centered movement in Atlanta.

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