The panel covered Hannah's mixed-media installation, "Ghost Pools," with journalist Ann Hill Bond, who has been compiling “Troubled Waters,” the oral history component of the project. They discussed what they learned from folks who remember swimming in East Point's pools that were abandoned post integration, including memories from East Point Fire Chief Corey Deon Thornton.
"Once loud with laughter, shouts, and splashing, what if these sites could talk? And can East Point reclaim and reactivate these formerly segregated spaces in a way that acknowledges the past, while looking towards the future?"
A public history and art project, Hannah Palmer's "Ghost Pools" — a multimedia art installation that explores Atlanta’s history with public swimming by creating temporary memorials to two pools in East Point that became a battleground over integration — aimed to create a shared understanding of what happened to East Point’s Jim Crow-era swimming pools; how they were funded, designed, litigated, defunded, and ultimately abandoned.
Join the artists for reflections and guests who will share memories of the pools.