Linnentown was a small black community located in Athens, GA and was named after the neighborhood street, Lyndon Row from approximately 1900-1966.
This small community bordered by Baxter St., S. Finley St. and Church St. and consisted of nearly forty families. These hard-working families were made of plumbers, electricians, beauticians and brick masons.
With over half of the families owning and investing in their properties, these residents of Linnentown were laying the foundation for a black middle class in Athens.
Then, in 1962, the thriving black community came to an end due to the start of the Federal Urban Renewal Program which would reshape and rebuild the area.
With this new direction, families were displaced across Athens and even Atlanta. Some families were also forced into public housing and the small community that was once thriving seemed to all be erased. The records left behind are sobering, enlightening, and heartbreaking.
Therefore, we celebrate the hard-working men and women of Linnentown, and we dedicate this research project to all of the residents and descendants of this great community.
Hattie Thomas Whitehead speaks to the crowd at the Linnentown brown bag lunch talk at the Lyndon House Arts Center on September 12, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. Thomas Whitehead’s family was displaced from their house and only given $2000 to find a new permanent home.
The Linnentown Project is a community-led initiative to research and celebrate the history of a small black community in Athens, GA called Linnentown.
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue the research that will allow the stories of this erased community to be heard.