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Portrait exhibit honors Atlanta Child Murder victims | The Atlanta Voice

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Over forty years ago, a series of murders spread fear through Atlanta. Portraits of the victims, mostly young Black males, are on display in the domestic terminal atrium of the Hartsfield-Jackson

A display commemorating the Atlanta child murder victims can be found in the domestic terminal atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Photo Credit: Bria Suggs/The Atlanta Voice)

Over forty years ago, a series of murders spread fear through Atlanta.

Portraits of the victims, mostly young Black males, are on display in the domestic terminal atrium of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The exhibit is titled ‘The Atlanta Children’s Memorial Portraits: In Memoriam of the Victims of the Atlanta Child Murders’.

Artist Dwayne Mitchell was chosen from a competition of over a hundred participants to create over 30 portraits for the victims of the Atlanta Child Murders.

“In painting these 30 children, one can only imagine the deep loss and sadness of the parents and families that have gone through this, and to not have all of the answers surrounding this horrible event is unthinkable, and as I look into the eyes of all 30 of these innocent children, I cannot help to feel their pain,” Mitchell wrote in his artist statement.

The Atlanta Child Murders were a set of over 30 murders committed between 1979 and 1981.

After Williams’ conviction, the rest of the Atlanta Child Murder cases were closed.

In his community of Atlanta’s Dixie Hills neighborhood, many did not believe that Williams could kill so many people.

A 1986 issue of The Atlanta Voice revealed how new evidence linked the Ku Klux Klan to the Atlanta Child Murders.

In 2005, Dekalb County Police Chief Louis Graham ordered the reopening of four of the cases credited to Williams.

On display in the domestic terminal atrium of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Photo Credit: Bria Suggs)

In 2019, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms led the charge to reopen the Atlanta Child Murders Cases.

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