How to Use This Site
This website’s companion site is the Open Tour Builder from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. We are grateful to ECDS and Georgia Humanities for a digital initiatives grant that supported this work. You may click the links below to access routes one, two, and three. Route four is under construction.
- Route 1: Downtown Atlanta
- Route 2: Little Five Points
- Route 3: Ponce de Leon Avenue Corridor
- Route 4: Monroe Drive and Cheshire Bridge Road Corridor (Under Construction)
On this website, we first recommend that you visit the Story of Touching Up Our Roots About page and About #TUOR page to become acquainted with the project. Next, we recommend you explore the tour routes themselves. Choose your own adventure in an order and timeline that makes sense to you! There are four tour route landing pages (Downtown, Little Five Points, Ponce de Leon Avenue Corridor, Monroe Drive and Cheshire Bridge Road Corridor) from which you will be able to access the audio files and individual narrative pages as they are developed for each site currently on the tour routes.
We also recommend that you visit our Stories page. Our stories aim to feature the narratives of Atlanta’s LGBTQIA+ community and provide updates on project and community news. We are particularly interested in stories that feature sites in the built environment of queer Atlanta. Write to us with your ideas! Please read our first stories: a portrait of Touching Up Our Roots creator Dave Hayward, a portrait of live story tour co-conductor Maria Helena Dolan, and a reflective essay from project manager Eric Solomon. Please also read about our project helpers. Coming soon to Stories: our Storytelling Atlanta roundtable conversation that features many vital voices, pathfinders, and change-makers in Atlanta.
Also coming soon: our Educator’s Guide. As an initial general note: we hope educators will use The #TUOR Project, but some sites might not be appropriate for all age groups.
We invite you to join the conversation! Write to us with your own stories of LGBTQIA+ Atlanta. Please contact us with your stories, comments, and suggestions for how to improve and expand #TUOR. You may get in touch with us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or reach out to us on Twitter (@TuorProject) or Instagram (tuorproject).
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Many of the sites on The #TUOR Project and many of the sites that have become fixtures in the stories we tell ourselves about queer Atlanta history occupied and/or continue to occupy land belonging to the Muscogee (Creek) people and other Indigenous populations. In 1821, the Muscogee people were forcibly removed from this land. We acknowledge this land dispossession and remain mindful of the continued effects of colonialism on the indigenous peoples of Georgia and the Southeast. We at The #TUOR Project commit to be respectful stewards of the land and seek knowledge of the histories of the Muscogee and Cherokee peoples and other Indigenous peoples of the U.S. Southeast.