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Amid Debates About Memorials, Advocates Push To Remember Atlanta's Forced Laborers

A brick factory that was key to building post-Civil War Atlanta used unpaid convict laborers. Now, some hope to block industrial development at the site and instead memorialize those mistreated there.
The former Chattahoochee Brick Company in Atlanta used forced convict labor to churn out hundreds of thousands of bricks a day at the turn of the 20th century. Racial justice advocates want to turn the site into a memorial. Source: Bita Honarvar

After the Civil War, much of the South needed to be rebuilt.

One of the places that helped do that was the Chattahoochee Brick Company, owned by an Atlanta mayor and captain in the Confederate Army. It produced millions of bricks that were used in Atlanta homes

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