Outwrite Bookstore sign lands in Atlanta History Center exhibit
The sign from Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse is now on display in the “Atlanta In 50 Objects” exhibit.
The sign was chosen to represent the city’s LGBT community after the Atlanta History Center solicited the public for ideas for objects that best represent Atlanta. Exhibition co-curators Don Rooney and Amy Wilson then narrowed down the list and the Outwrite sign made the cut.
The Atlanta History Center contacted former owner Philip Rafshoon last spring about potential memorabilia that would be appropriate for the exhibit.
“I did not expect that they would want a piece that was as huge as the sign—it is 4 feet high by 11 feet wide. It was stored at a good friend’s house and I had actually forgotten exactly what it looked like,” Rafshoon told Georgia Voice, adding, “I believe it is a fantastic way to include an LGBT landmark in this exhibit and I am very proud that it is included with other Atlanta landmarks such as the Varsity and Coca-Cola. Outwrite was not only a place for members of our community to gather, learn, and improve their lives, but our visibility helped change the general public’s attitudes about our lives.”
You can check out the Outwrite sign and other iconic Atlanta objects at the exhibit, running through early July.
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The Outwrite sign from the 10th Street side of the former store on display at the Atlanta History Center. (Courtesy photo)