Joyland, Atlanta

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Joyland
Neighborhoods of Atlanta
Joyland is located in Atlanta
Joyland
Joyland
Location of Joyland within central Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°42′43″N 84°23′47″W / 33.711998°N 84.396436°W / 33.711998; -84.396436
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fulton County
City City of Atlanta
NPU Y
ZIP Code 30315

Joyland is a neighborhood of small, single family homes in southeast Atlanta, Georgia and site of a former 1921 amusement park built for African Americans.

It is bordered by the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) freeway on the west, High Point on the north, Pryor Avenue and The Villages at Carver on the east, and Amal Heights on the south.[1]

History[edit]

On May 16, 1921, Joyland Park, an amusement park for African Americans was opened in the area, according to its ads in the Atlanta Independent at the time, "the only shady park" where African Americans "could enjoy themselves".[2] At the opening a number of prominent Atlantans spoke:

In 1926 a subdivision for African Americans, also called Joyland Park, was built here. Residents included farmers, farmhands and laborers. Lots were around 4,000 square feet (370 m2) in size.[3]

Atlanta Constitution article reporting the opening of the amusement park

Later the Joyland Park public housing project was built in the area.

Government[edit]

The neighborhood is part of NPU Y.

Parks[edit]

Joyland Park at the center of the neighborhood was renamed Arthur Langford Park in 1995, in honor of city councilman, Georgia state senator (1984–1994) and minister Arthur Langford, Jr.. Joyland also has a street named after him, Arthur Langford, Jr. Place.

In 2013, a website, likes.com, listed Joyland as one of the "twenty most dangerous neighborhoods in America".[4]

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