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New marker erected commemorates 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta


The Georgia Historical Society held a dedication ceremony Tuesday at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta for a newly placed historical marker commemorating the 1996 Olympic Games.

Several officials were there including Vince Dooley, the Society’s chairman, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Ambassador Andrew Young, who’s one of those most closely associated with bringing the Olympics to the city.

“When we pulled the nations of the world together it was because we wanted them to see that people who were very different, with different backgrounds and heritage and beliefs could work together as one,” said Young.

Another contributor in bringing the Games to Georgia was Billy Payne, who recalled the time he partnered with Young.

“When Andy and I would travel around the world together, to 110 countries in pursuit of votes to win the Games, it became very apparent to them that the Atlanta we were introducing was not the Atlanta they had heard about and read about,” said Payne.

The Georgia Historical Society also recognized its newest honoree, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, for the Georgia Business History Initiative during Tuesday’s event. 

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