Atlanta’s newest museum is named for the first African-American woman in the U.S. to fly in a plane.
The new Atlanta Art Museum will open in a converted Georgia Pacific airplane hangar in the heart of the city.
It will feature more than 2,000 works from Atlanta’s art scene, including contemporary works by Andy Griffith, Norman Rockwell, Charles Bukowski, and D.W. Griffith, as well as original works from local artists like Mike Glynn and Dora Purnell.
The Atlanta Art Institute has more than a hundred museums across the United States.
The museum will be located on the corner of Airport Drive and University Drive, just a short walk from the airport and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has promised that the new museum will provide opportunities for the city’s diverse community to learn about its history.
“This is a time when we have so much work to do in Atlanta,” Reed said in a statement.
“This is the first museum in our city that will be dedicated to the history of Atlanta, a city that is so vibrant, full of amazing people and is a city we want to continue to grow and build.”
The museum is slated to open this fall.