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 the majority of the 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. Both of these experiences sent chills down my spine. Walking around trying to find a black-owned business I couldn't help but feel sad and 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 . She told us that the majority of ppl visiting the restaurant were not from Atlanta. I had delicious fried catfish and peach cobbler.
One Large participant: EM
Race/ethnicity of participant: Caucasian
Name of black-owned business: Georgiana's Juke Joint
Location: Atlanta, GA