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The Brown Bag Lunch program offers a chance for informal and open dialogue between members of Historic Athens and the community-at-large, in cooperation with staff from the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department. Discussion will focus on preservation-related topics, community development issues, or any other timely subject that aligns with the mission and vision of Historic Athens.



Past Brown Bag topics have included Recent and Pending Developments in Downtown Athens, UGA’s preservation master plan process, Demolition by Neglect, solar panels in Historic Districts, and remaking the Frank C. Maddox Center.



The Lost Neighborhood of Linnentown

Thursday, September 12th

12-1 p.m.

Lyndon House Arts Center

This month’s topic is, “The Lost Neighborhood of Linnentown.” Named after the street of Lyndon Row, Linnentown (~1900-1966) was a small African American community bordered by Baxter, S. Finley, and Church Street. The neighborhood included dozens of working families, with individuals employed as plumbers, electricians, beauticians, brickmasons, and university employees.

Over half the residents owned their homes.


In the mid-1960s, the University of Georgia and the city of Athens partnered on Federal Urban Renewal Project No. 50 to demolish Linnentown. In its place, the University of Georgia built the Brumby, Creswell, and Russell dormitories.


Attendees will have the chance to hear from former residents of the now-demolished neighborhood, who will be telling their stories in public for the first time in more than 50 years

Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.