Shotgun Houses

Shotgun Houses (HM180I)

Location: Atlanta, GA 30312 Fulton County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 45.334', W 84° 22.294'

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472 - 488 Auburn Avenue

These duplexes are typical of the houses where Atlanta's blue-collar laborers lived in the early 1900s. The Empire Textile Co. built them for its white mill workers, but they moved out after the 1906 Atlanta race riot, and blacks began renting them. The houses generally are one room wide and up to four rooms deep. They are called "shotgun" houses because the interior and exterior doorways are aligned, so a shot supposedly could be fired through them from front to back. Another theory is that the name comes from the African word "to-gun," which means place of assembly.

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The militia was called out when whites and blacks clashed in a violent race riot in September 1906.

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The backs of the houses hummed with activity as women washed clothes and prepared meals while their children played in the yards.
HM NumberHM180I
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 12:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 743456 N 3738158
Decimal Degrees33.75556667, -84.37156667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 45.334', W 84° 22.294'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 45' 20.04" N, 84° 22' 17.64" W
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Area Code(s)770, 404, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 488 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30312, US
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