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In Their Own Words

October 24, 1847

Early Atlanta Rowdy

Two months before Atlanta was incorporated by the General Assembly, Atlanta schoolmaster William N. White (who was active in the movement to make the town an official city) wrote in his journal on this Sunday:

“We have in Atlanta as yet no city law or charter. The nights are full of noise and commotion which a city government would easily repress. Last night I was very much disturbed by these noises. No preaching here today. It does not seem like the Sabbath, except that the stores are closed.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 259.