Troublemakers & Trailblazers
February 6, 2015 – February 7, 2016
This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to “do the right thing.” An overarching theme is how we perceive “trouble” and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history.
Featured individuals include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, civil rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War are also highlighted.
This exhibition is generously funded by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford J. Swift III, the family of Dr. Roland Bird Daniel and the Edward Swift Shorter Bequest Fund.