Atlanta may be famous for its tree canopy, music scene, aquarium, and civil rights landmarks, but it's also bursting with oddball attractions that even locals overlook. After touring The King Center and Ebenezer Baptist Church, take a walk on the Eastside Trail — and then discover some of these off beat attractions in and around Old Fourth Ward.

54 Columns

Welcome to Atlanta's Stonehenge! Famed artist Sol LeWitt's often-overlooked installation 54 columns has been a conversation starter since 1999. The artist envisioned the work as a nod to the city’s skyline and urban surroundings, hence his use of an industrial material like concrete. 

Tiny Door #2: Old Fourth Ward Skatepark

In November 2014, artist Karen Anderson Singer installed her second 7-inch Tiny Doors sculpture on the Freedom Parkway overpass by the O4W Skatepark. According to the artist,"With the installation of a door, what was once a wall or the column of a bridge becomes an entrance to collective creativity and an invitation to wonder." The numbered doors around Atlanta are always free to visit. Some doors even open or come alive with augmented reality!

Jackson Street Bridge

Stop by the Jackson Street Bridge to take a Walking Dead inspired selfie in front of the Atlanta skyline. A long-planned, people-friendly overhaul of the bridge will soon reconfigure traffic to increase safety. A new protected cycle track will link Old Fourth Ward to downtown.

Madam C.J. Walker Museum & WERD Radio

Just a few blocks from the King Center, this Hilliard Street storefront has a surprisingly rich history. In the mid 1900s, WERD radio broadcast jazz, blues, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Sunday sermons from the building. The storefront later became home to one of the last licensed Madam C.J. Walker beauty salons. The success of Walker’s hair care products and stylist training program made her America’s first black female millionaire. Today the space operates as a museum, event space, and an active hair salon.

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