Outwrite Book­store sign lands in At­lanta His­tory Cen­ter ex­hibit

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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)

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