Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. To celebrate the ongoing work of past winners, the National Civic League sponsors a Hall of Fame Award to recognize an outstanding civic engagement initiative in the community since winning the All-America City Award.
Acworth, Georgia originally won the All-America City Award in 2010 and is being recognized for its inclusive and equitable redevelopment of the Parkside District.
“We are happy to welcome Acworth into the Hall of Fame. The recent equitable redevelopment of the Parkside District shows that the community is still embodying the ideals of an All-America City and is committed to the practice of civic engagement.”
President, National Civic League
From the early 1900’s, Acworth’s Parkside District was racially segregated. The Parkside District is home to two historically black churches as well as two schools that were established during segregation. As the city has grown and thrived, it has earmarked funding to build parks, a community center, new restaurants and businesses, an art center, a history museum, and homes in the Parkside District. In doing so, the city has provided funding to ensure that Black historical landmarks are preserved, and improvements have been made to properties.