The Decatur Courthouse Museum


Hello. It’s John. Thanks for joining me
today I’m in one of my favorite places Decatur, Georgia. We’re gonna check out the courthouse. Thanks for sticking with me through that introduction. We’re in Decatur. Decatur existed long before Columbus was around and he came and he did his thing. It used to be the intersection of two Native American trails. There was a
trading post right here. Right here’s where those two Native American trails
met. Sycamore is that way Clairmont’s that way and that right here there’s
also a Jeni’s ice cream here. Jeni’s ice cream is some of the best ice cream I’ve
ever had it’s delicious but if you’re in Decatur and you want ice cream I suggest
you check out Butter Cream. It’s just as good as Jeni’, it’s made
locally it’s not a chain it’s not a franchise it’s a local business support
your local business not that chain They’re building it up. Jeni’s is the Walmart of ice cream. Actually Walmart probably sells ice cream so Jeni’s is the
Starbucks of ice cream. I mean it’s good it’s great
If you need ice cream if you’ve got a local option take the local option this
is fun what we’re having fun so that’s where the Native Americans would come
together and trade their trinkets and their food and fur baseball cards and
those roads are still here today this is one of them this is Sycamore you see
Sycamore that used to be one of the trails and the other one was Clairmont.
Clairmont comes from the North. Sycamore comes from the east in 1823 Decatur was incorporated became a city officially and they’ve got the first courthouse
first courthouse was an old wooden structure probably made of logs and held
together with kudzu dirt spit. 1829 they look another
courthouse and that was I don’t know what that looked like
apparently it wasn’t important enough to paint or draw that got burned down
some people were playing cards at the courthouse gambling
a cigarette or cigar burned it down in 1829 they built another courthouse
courthouse is an important place it’s where all the important papers are kept
track of who’s married to who who owns what property and lots of important
stuff if you don’t want someone to know all
that stuff you burn it down
that’s what happened raging burrito so the courthouse got burned down
someone didn’t want people to know who it was married to or what property
healed something like that burned it down not cool. Son of a bitch bee. In 1847 they built another courthouse. That one was made of red brick kind of looks like a church not very creative I think most
structures in 1847 probably looked like that and now we’re here the Trading Post the
gazebo and the courthouse see here this is not the courthouse I
was built in 1847 I can’t talk I can’t talk now in 1864 was the Battle of
Atlanta and at the same time the Battle of Atlanta was going on that was the
Battle of Decatur that was happening right here in 1906 was a riot in Atlanta
a race riot so you think after the Civil War things
cooling down racially they didn’t have racial tensions built up it got past
because there were black folks having businesses making money living the
American dream being happy contributing to economy and
wealth of the community or some lazy old racist white people that didn’t like
that so in 1906 at the same time they accused four black men of raping them well that gave some of those dumb lazy
white people an excuse to get some guns and some knives that’s a rope going to
the black communities and start shooting people stabbing people and hanging them
from lampposts it’s a big deal is worldwide news a big deal big deal
didn’t stop until the National Guard was brought in
national car stop from killing in the spring big deal so then those dumb races
white people you know what they did they built this thing built that it’s a
monument to the Confederacy just tell those black folks what’s up they’re mine
in the who’s boss Eric started a petition to have it take him down
got lots of signatures nobody wants that piece of shit here nobody wants it here
a lot of people signed it the officials who vote on stuff like that voted to
have it taken down it’s cool but then there’s this dumb store yeah this is the
muck of it there’s a really dumb Georgia State law that says you can’t destroy a
monument like that you have to wait it’s Rasika can’t keep it from the public and
you can’t destroy it that’s what it says so you can’t just knock it down
you gotta remove it and put it in another museum or in front of some other
building so the officials who deal with this kind of stuff are doing the right
thing they reached out to all the organizations out there that might want
it nobody wants it nobody wants it so they can’t destroy it
I got to leave it right there until somebody else wants it 2017 someone
wiped poop on this thing I get it I get it it deserves to have poop on it we can
express ourselves without wiping poop on stuff poop doesn’t belong in public keep
up in the bathroom in the toilet so that monument was put up in 1908 then in 1916
there was another fire this time there was an election the night before people
smoking cigars a lot back then someone left the cigar but lying around
didn’t destroy the outside but it destroyed the inside and a couple of
cupola thing on top what the clocks so they use the outside they rebuilt the
inside and they put those pops on the top we also added a couple wings on the
side here see those wings extra added feature 1918 they had it all rebuilt on
the inside of the clocks up there you can see what time it is no matter where
you are in the square do need a watch we’re gonna go inside in 1967 they stopped using it as a
courthouse and they turned it into the dekap History Center
it’s an ounce museum oh my god a museum some furniture got a rocking chair a little baby bit a little boy bed right here and this is what a kitchen look like
back then and eighteen hundreds I think that’s it I think we’re done
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