UNPACKING MANUEL'S TAVERN preserves the organic archive of Atlanta’s political left that has been inscribed on the walls of this local restaurant and bar over the past half century.
Gigapan "wall scans" allow the user to zoom in and examine inscriptions and other details. Educators and students participate by researching the items, visiting with people associated with Manuel's and tagging their content to the online public archive. It hosts photographs, audio, video, text and extended links.
Over the past half century have slowly evolved into a record of the local established political left that inhabited that space; where a generation of cops, soldiers, and politicians—who believed in a more representative democracy—gathered to eat pork chops in a neighborhood occupied by immigrants, hippies, and punks. And to this day neighbors still treat it like an extra living room, where they come to watch elections or play chess.
Unpacking Manuel's allows new and young residents to engage with the history of a rapidly gentrifying in-town neighborhood.
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MANUELS WALK AROUND (Rooms 1,2,3)
Walk Around with Brian Maloof and Bill McClosky to learn about items in the archive.
Interview with owners Brian and Margie Maloof about the Tavern's role in the community.