Atlanta Peace Trails
The Atlanta Peace Trails (APT) vision began by encouraging people to visit places of peace in metro Atlanta with a booklet, and now has expanded to publishing a book “Peace Trails Atlanta: A Model for the World.”
Walk Around Bradford, City of Peace
This trail reflects the aspirations of people and organizations in the city working towards a peaceful and positive co-existence with others …
The Georgia Aquarium is committed to inspiring guests to conserve aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through education and engaging experiences.
Zoo Atlanta is one of Georgia’s most loved institutions. Founded in 1889, it is one of the 10 oldest zoos in continuous operation in the United States.
This 21-feet bronze and marble statue depicts a woman being lifted from flames by a phoenix in flight and is allegorical in nature, symbolizing Atlanta’s rebirth after a devastating fire during the Civil War in 1864.
In the northwest corner of the Centennial Olympic Park, this fan-shaped, eight ton sculpture was commissioned for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the modern games.
This statue represents the moment the Angel of Peace – with an olive branch in her left hand – appears before a Confederate soldier preparing to fire his gun. The Angel has come to proclaim peace between North and South.
The stone reads, “The Elm and Crepe Myrtle trees in this park and on these thoroughfares were planted and dedicated by The Atlanta Woman’s Club as a Living Memorial to our great statesman Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1921, Commander In Chief of his country during the Great World War. Advocate of permanent world peace through a League of Nations based upon the brotherhood of mankind.
The International Peace Fountain unifies the park with an exuberant water display that commemorates Atlanta’s pivotal role in the world wide human and civil rights movement. Woodruff Park celebrates a revitalized downtown with an elegant and sophisticated design that has dynamic pedestrian spaces to accommodate Atlanta’s major events. Built prior to Olympics in 1995, The International Peace Fountain commemorates Atlanta’s pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement. A geyser fountain and waterfall make a dramatic focus for the park, and a memorable gateway to Auburn Avenue and the M.L. King, Jr. National Park site. Olympic planners envisioned Woodruff Park as a strategic open space in downtown Atlanta for the Centennial Olympics in 1996. The fountain commemorates Atlanta’s unique energy and culture, and her legacy for the twentieth
Artist: Nimrod Long and Associates http://www.nimrodlong.com/proj_woodruff.htm
Central Atlanta Progress
A.J. Robinson, President
Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, Venezuela, is the tallest waterfall in the world! It drops almost one kilometer from its table-top mountain “tepui”.
Monument Valley is a sacred valley of the Navajo Nation. It is located in Utah, and is a Navajo Tribal Park.
This statue was a permanent gift from the City of Athens, Greece, to the City of Atlanta, symbolizing the Olympic ideals. It is a contemporary adaption of the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The Mayor of Athens, Dimitrios L. Avramopoulos, donated Niki to the city of Atlanta for the Centennial of the Modern Olympics, July 19, 1996. The artist is Pavlos Kougioumtzis, who created a sculpture of bronze and marble, standing 10 feet, 8 inches high.
City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
Robert Witherspoon, Project Supervisor, Public Art
The Pheonix statue’s dimensions are 15’ 10” high by 10’ width, and 13’ deep. It’s medium is bronze with 23 Karat gold leaf, and a granite base.
The Rose Garden was installed in 1992 by The International World Peace Rose Gardens, with the theme: “Peace through Non Violence.” The Garden borders the Peace Plaza, in front of the Visitors’ Center.
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site in Atlanta on January 24, 1998. This historical event, taking place in the course of the 50th anniversary of India’s independence …
This dramatic sculpture – a profile of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his arm outstretched – literally welcomes people to the King National Historic site …
Atlanta artist Kevin E. Cole created a four-part installation entitled, “Conversation Peace.” Since 1992, the artist has made use of the necktie as an icon, motif, and symbol of power, emphasizing a relationship between music and color.
After traveling to England to attend a Labyrinth conference and walk the Tor at Glastonbury, the Lashes decided in March 2004 to build a labyrinth in their front yard, as a meditation garden and a place of peace.
“Our City” artist is Mahdi Fakhreddin. This wall was created with students from the private Industry Council 1993, and restored in 2002 by Mahdi with students from Inn Harbor Project.
Many of the people at East Lake Commons (a Co-Housing Intentional Community) know Andrea and were at the dedication ceremonies of many of the previously planted Peace Poles in Atlanta.
In 1990 PIP planted their first Peace Pole at Goodwin House on Peachtree Rd. in Bookhaven area with ASHA, which has moved two times.
nitially the park was created by private citizens who wanted to honor MLK to have a place for conversation, but using the King family name was going to cost money and getting approval caused many delays, so the community called for something else.
In 1996, Ms. Louise Jackson, a resident of the Oakhurst neighborhood in Decatur, had no idea that one little nuisance would transform her community. What she knew then was that every afternoon, children leaving the nearby elementary school cut through her yard and trampled her beloved garden. A single decision, however, made all the difference.
Following September 11, 2001 the Atlanta Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends planted a Peace Pole. The Pole was placed in the ground as a road marker on the path of peace during the chaos following this tragedy. The occasion was also the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Meeting where, dating back to the Civil Rights era, peace and social justice remain a dynamic of individual faith.
The Peace Pole was inspired and donated by Elizabeth Hendricks who is one of those most integral in the founding of the Atlanta Meeting. Elizabeth was living in a Senior Center in Pennsylvania and is there today. She first contacted Jim Tolmach who then asked Fred Stevens to help with planting it and creating a ceremony and garden.
As a Quaker community the Atlanta Friends have been steadfast in their opposition to wars of any kind. Over 100 adults and children were gathered around the Pole at its dedication outside the entrance to the Meeting House. Making the event meaningful were Bert Skellie, Karen Morris and a host of others. The Peace Pole stands as an ever-present reminder that the peoples of this planet will stop fighting once they decide to stop fighting. In this way the Pole expresses how we are divinely and infinitely loved! It honors what we are most deeply all about.
Like most Peace Poles it has four sides with four languages in a world of over 4000 different languages, connecting us in minute ways. In remembrance of devoted Atlanta peace activist Ed Arnold, Physicians For Social Responsibility, 1938-2008.
Atlanta Friends Meeting House
701 W. Howard Avenue Decatur, GA. 30030
The intention of the Peace Pole planting was a program the school had with the theme: “Making the Connection Peace by Piece” Motto: “Don’t wait for peace to work for peace.”
Katherine Shamsid-Deen (purple dress) and principal Joanne Douté-Cooper (gray suit) with youth presenters representing many countries, announce “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in eight languages.
Earth Day, 1990, was the first Pole that Partnerships In Peace planted with Therapeutic Supply & Services and owners Jim & Becky Gabriel (below right).
There are two Poles on this property. Rick & Jeni have supplied information about Peace Poles to many Universal Brotherhood Movement ministers around the world, including planting one at Simpsonwood Conference Center in Norcross, Forrest Hills Conference Center in Dahlonega near Amacalola State Park, GA …
In 2001 the Universal Brotherhood Ministry had their 25th Anniversary Conference at Simpsonwood. In honor of that celebration they planted a Peace Pole with more than 125 people dedicating it August 4th …
The Peace Tree is a bronze statue by Gia Japaridae, an artist from the Republic of Georgia. Tbilisi, Georgia is one of Atlanta’s Sister Cities …
Candace, founder of the Peace Dream Bear Project, traveled with Project Peace Tree which built bridges of friendship with Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia (formerly USSR) on a children’s cultural exchange during the Cold War.
High Meadows is an International Baccalaureate World School, inspiring children for over 30 years to think critically, learn creatively, act globally and live compassionately.
A special kind of traveling museum teaching character education, violence prevention, and peacemaking skills to Elementary aged children with fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits & Discovery Workshops.
Dr. King made frequent trips to Los Angeles, CA where she went to peace programs put on by the Baha’i community on Jefferson Ave. On one of her speaking engagements at a sister church in LA, she met Dr. Michael Beckwith in 1995 who had planted a Peace Pole.
The Cultural Arts Council was chosen for the planting of the Peace Pole because the children of Georgia displayed their Masks for one month at the Art Center in 1989. They performed several times, sharing the music, dance, and customs of their Georgian traditions.
When the children of the Republic of Georgia were visiting Atlanta in 1989, a Revolution took place in Tibilisi, the capital. With the support of the Mayor of Douglasville, Charlie Camp, we were able to comfort the children by planting a Peace Tree in Hunter Park.
Owner: Roz Zollinger (middle of photo). Also shown is Karen Willis (right) of the Aurora Healing Center.
Pat Williams (center) heard Andrea was gathering information about Atlanta Peace Poles and sent her this photo which was taken with her co-worker Art Hines (right) in 1996. When Carver was rebuilt in 2005, the whereabouts of the Pole were unknown.
Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At 14,179 feet, it is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California
Millennium Gate is the largest national monument of its kind to be constructed since the Jefferson Memorial. It is built as a Gateway to the Atlantic Station complex, a new “city within a city” located at the former site of the Atlantic Steel mill, on a piece of private land in the center of 17th Street.
The serene Rose Garden is home to more than 40 varieties, including the coral Rosalynn Carter, pink Queen Elizabeth, red and white Snow Fire, red Rotary, pink and yellow Peace, lavender Lady X, and Blue Girl. The garden centerpiece is the engaging statue, “Hope”, donated by Dorothy C. Fuqua.
For the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta 2,000 people came together to paint their vision of peace and created this #30 World Wall for Peace. It represents the combined endeavor of many individuals, businesses, arts groups, government agencies & private contributors committed to working together to leave this legacy for our great city.
Partnerships In Peace planted this Pole with the assistance of Don Bender and the Little Five Points Business Association on Christmas Day, 1995 for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
This Peace Pole had a long history beginning in 1994 when it was planted at the intersection of Briarcliff Rd. & LaVista Rd. by the Druid-Lavista Business Assoc. on Earth Day with a garden to commemorate the beginning of the construction of area sidewalks.