History in Athens: The Story of Edward and Mattie Berry

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Athens Public Library
Raymond C. Cook Meeting Room

Event Details

One of the most remarkable local biographies stars the paired lives of Edward Berry and his wife Mattie, who enriched Athens through innovative, entrepreneurial activities spanning the late 19th century and well into the 20th.

The Berrys began their lives in humble circumstances but went on to run a variety of successful and beloved businesses, including a confectionary shop, a restaurant, and a four-star hotel. They also built a beautiful, Romanesque-style church to serve Athens' African American community that still stands today.

Learn more about the Berrys' special story through local historian Ada Woodson Adams, founding member of the Multicultural Genealogical Center in Chesterhill and the Mt. Zion Preservation Society of Athens.


Event Type(s): History, Culture & Genealogy
Age Group(s): Adults, College Students