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MARTA Dedicates Mural to Hamilton E. Holmes – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2021-09-17 11:31:01 –

(Marilyn Holmes receives plaque from Malta CEO Geoffrey Parker. Photo courtesy of Madeline Thigpen)

Elected officials from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the City of Atlanta gathered at Hamilton E. Holmes Station to dedicate a mural to the late Dr. Holmes, one of the first two black students to integrate the University of Georgia. rice field.

Holmes became the first black man to graduate after being accepted by Emory University School of Medicine.

The 2018 mural by artist Dr. Fahampeku depicts Holmes reading with two young students and a quote from Holmes about the importance of education.

(Mural of Hamilton E. Holmes by Dr. Faham Peku. Photo courtesy of Madeline Thigpen)

“As a doctor and medical director at Grady Hospital, he has been able to have a positive impact on thousands of patients over the years,” recalls Hamilton E. Holmes Jr.’s dedication to mural painting.

Holmes’ widow Marilyn Holmes received a mural shield on behalf of her husband from Malta’s CEO Geoffrey Parker.

District 6 member of Kadilla Abdul Rahman, Fulton County and city council member Andrea Boon talked about Holmes’ lifelong impact on Atlanta.

Abdul Rahman said Dr. Holmes played a major role in the lives of many of Atlanta’s iconic figures such as Maynard Jackson, Emma Darnell, and John Lewis.

“He died 25 years ago, but his legacy continues today throughout Georgia,” Holmes Jr. said.

Councilor Boone, whose father was a friend of Holmes, praised the murals for being a lesson for Atlanta visitors and newcomers in Dr. Holmes’ legacy.

“This mural reminds us of what can happen when we mix fierce determination and courage,” Boone said.

Under the mural, Malta set up a timeline of Holmes’ life from childhood in Atlanta to the separation of UGA and Emory University of Medicine. After serving in the Army abroad, he returned to a professor at Emory University and an orthopedic surgeon at Grady Hospital.

Holmes died in 1995. Two years later, in 1997, MARTA announced that it would rename the station in honor of him.



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