By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
If you’ve been to Mount Berry Square Mall lately, you’ve see them----the large photographs that line empty storefronts and walls.
You’ve also likely seen the shoppers crowding around them, gawking at the black & white snapshots of Floyd County’s vibrant past.
“Two Saturdays ago, I had went all the way down the wall and then all the way back up, just looking at the pictures.” One late Friday night shopper says.
“It’s just crazy how much things have changed.” Another shopper says.
Mall Marketing Manager Tricia Dillard says the pictures have become so much more to shoppers than just veils for vacant storefronts.
“All of the feedback we’ve gotten so far has been positive. I know every time I walk around I see people looking up and pointing and discussing the historic photos,” Dillard says. “Some have actually walked by and said ‘hey, I know that person—--that’s my father’ or ‘that’s my grandfather.’”
The photos were donated by a host of community groups including the Rome Area History Museum and the Greater Rome Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.