Fulton County Public Art

Unearthing the Gold Dust Twins on Auburn Avenue


October 25, 2015


Sunday, October 25  3pm

The Nostalgic Reimagining of Slavery in American Advertising and Visual Culture

Community Discussion

This dialogue will unearth points of view about the Gold Dust Twins on Auburn Avenue: The Atlanta Mural and the Nostalgic Reimaging of Slavery in American Advertising and Visual Culture. Advertising icons of Gold Dust Washing Powder, Goldy and Dusty, two minstrel like asexual African American children, represent a popular early 20th century reimaging of slavery in American advertising and visual culture. Facilitated by Velma Maia Thomas, public historian and author of the award winning book, Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation, this community lecture will examine the history and contemporary relevance of the Gold Dust Twins. Ms. Thomas will also discuss the unique story of the Gold Dust Twins’ advertising mural in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward and the ongoing debate about its future.


Hammond House Museum
503 Peeples Street
Atlanta GA, 30310