Buttermilk Bottom

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Buttermilk Bottom, also known as Buttermilk Bottoms or Black Bottom, was an African-American neighborhood in central Atlanta, centered on the area where the Civic Center now stands in the Old Fourth Ward side of in the SoNo area. It was considered a slum area, having unpaved streets and no electricity. The name may refer to residents being unable to afford "sweet" milk, or fresh milk, and instead drinking sour, older milk, which was cultured to add longevity and shelf life to the product in the era prior to modern refrigeration.


Most of Buttermilk Bottom was razed in the 1960s to make way for urban redevelopment projects, most notably Atlanta's convention center (built 1967), now the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. After the destruction of Buttermilk Bottom the area was rechristened Bedford Pine. However, most of the land remained empty until the mid-1980s when new, mostly mixed-income projects were built on the land.[1] Some of the land was used for today's Renaissance Park and Central Park.

See also[edit]

Bedford Pine


  1. ^ Keating, Larry (2001). Atlanta: Race, Class and Urban Expansion. Temple University. p. 106. ISBN 1-56639-820-7. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Mitcham, Bob (2005). Justice from Buttermilk Bottom. [International Legal Press. ISBN 0-9762049-0-8. 

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Coordinates: 33°46′01″N 84°22′49″W / 33.76705°N 84.38032°W / 33.76705; -84.38032