Preservation In A Battlefield

July 1, 2013

McPherson Monument, image courtesy of Stephanie Dowda

The Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization (B*ATL) is charged with preserving the story and sites of the Battle of Atlanta and connecting these to the past, present and future. You are invited by the Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) to join one of  B*ATL’s founder and its current Chairman, Henry Bryant, for a lecture on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm about the dynamics of preserving the physical and cultural evidence for a battle that took place in a location that is now roads, homes, businesses, churches and parks. The presentation will highlight current efforts for the restoration by B*ATL of the McPherson and Walker Civil War Monuments in East Atlanta. It is noteworthy that Atlanta Public Monuments were added to APC’s Most Endangered Historic Places List in 2011.

Henry Bryant became a preservationist at a young age while growing up in Jacksonville,Florida, and earned a degree in Art Education and Design from Florida State University. Thirty-three years ago, he and his family became urban pioneers, moving to a 1906 Victorian cottage in East Atlanta. Mr. Bryant has always been interested in history and was hands-on during the restoration of the home. He has enjoyed the support of his wife Lynne Bryant, and his two children, now grown and living in Atlanta. Mr. Bryant is a founding member of the East Atlanta Community Association. and led many organizations focused on improving the community. Additionally, he has served as a tour guide and trainer with the APC, is Chair of the Atlanta Zoning Review Board, and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Shortly after arriving in East Atlanta, Mr. Bryant realized that he had moved onto the battlefield of the Battle of Atlanta. He was among those in the community who developed a tour of the battlefield 28 years ago, and ten years ago he was one of the founders of the B*ATL organization. Mr. Bryant is the current Chairman of B*ATL, which puts on the annual event of the same name to commemorate the Battle of Atlanta and is undertaking to restore the battlefield monuments.

This event is being offered free to the public as part of B*ATL’s annual events from July 13 -21, 2013. The APC is supporting B*ATL in 2013 with three free events: two guided tours of the LP Grant Mansion on Sunday, July 14 at 3:00 pm and Tuesday, July 16 at 11:30 am; and Preservation In A Battlefield on Sunday, July 14 at 3:00 pm.