I was in Atlanta for the American Alliance of Museums conference. This was my first time in the South, in a area with such a rich and fraught history. Finding a place to spend my $10 was a lot harder then I expected - walking around downtown and various other neighborhoods, most people I encountered were African-American, yet most business appeared to be owned by whites. I visited the center for civil rights and the house that Martin Luther King grew up in, experiences that sent chills down my spine. Walking around trying to find a black-owned business, I couldn't help but wonder how much had really changed in all this time. I finally found a tourist-oriented soul food restaurant - our waitress was friendly and engaging and in the end I was happy I spent my money there. I had delicious fried catfish and peach cobbler.
One Large participant: EM
Name of black-owned business: Georgiana's Juke Joint
Location: Atlanta, GA
Race/ethnicity of participant: Caucasian