Atlanta History
12:20 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Rich's Exhibit: The Story of the City in a Store

There’s Kaufman’s. Gimbel’s. Neiman Marcus. In the last century, a number of Jewish-owned department stores across the nation were economic powerhouses in their communities.

The South had Rich’s Department store, headquartered in Atlanta. Rich’s closed in 2005, but through May 2014, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is exhibiting memorabilia from the store’s nearly 14 decades of existence, beginning with its start in 1867 as a dry-goods store on Whitehall Street.

Curators Catherine Lewis and Timothy Frilingos take the story from there, in this conversation at the museum with host John Lemley.

Part one of feature that aired Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

In the second part of our story, we take a look at Rich’s Magnolia Room. The iconic tea room was known as a ladies’ lunch spot, and was the site of bridal showers, luncheons and fashion shows. However, in the fall of 1960, The Magnolia Room became known as something else: the epicenter of Atlanta’s Civil Rights struggle. Curator Catherine Lewis told John Lemley the story.

Part two of feature that aired Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

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