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Across the River: The People, Places, and Cultures of East Athens, Georgia

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library

Date / Time: 8/25/2019 3:00pm


Authors Maxine Easom and Patsy Arnold, whose book Across the River: The People, Places, and Culture of East Athens was published this summer, will speak this Sunday, Aug. 25, at a program cosponsored by the Athens Historical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library.

The 3 p.m. program at the Athens-Clarke County Library Appleton Auditorium is free and open to the public.  An informal reception and book-signing will follow the presentation with some delicious treats from Mama's Boy, a staple of East Athens, provided by the Athens-Clarke County Library Friends of the Library. 

Easom and Arnold are Athens natives who grew up in the East Athens area.  Both attended Oconee Street Elementary School and graduated from Athens High School.  They raised families in East Athens and spent their careers in the Clarke County school system. 

Their 609-page book recounts more than 100 years of the history of East Athens—one of the city’s oldest residential and commercial districts. East Athens was home to important early textile mills and industrial plants as well as many other businesses, churches and schools.  It spawned notable Athens citizens and has had an important role in the city’s economic, cultural, social and political development. 


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