Fourteen courageous volunteers braved the cold morning temperatures at Jennie Drake Park on Saturday. With temperatures ten degrees below normal for this time of the year, the volunteers spread mulch on the path, as well as picking up trash, cleaning up the flower beds and blowing leaves. A ‘warm’ thank you to Pauline Drake, Joseph Mitchell, Jim Gantner, Bryan Jenkins, Lisa Watson, Ben Norman, Millicent Norman, Gerald Evans, Michael Drake, Stanley Riley, William Hornsby Jr., William Warrington, Terry Harrington, and our student volunteer, Dwight Lamb.
Exceptional Merit for Community and Historic Preservation
Collier Heights Community Association, City of Atlanta
Planned and developed specifically as a suburban community for upper and middle class African Americans, Collier Heights includes some 1,700 homes. Built primarily in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the community housed many of the region’s most prominent leaders over the years, from Herman Russell and Donald Lee Hollowell, to Ralph David Abernathy the third and the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr.
Thanks to the efforts of the Collier Heights Community Association and Georgia State University, the community was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 and became the first mid-century neighborhood ever to gain City of Atlanta historic district status. This ensures that new development and renovations to existing properties will be in keeping with the historic residential integrity of the community.