Lawrenceville Georgia Events
Co - Founded in 1996 by Anthony Rodriguez and Ann Carol Pence, the Aurora Theatre has established itself as a community partner and destination since its inception. In its 23rd season, it is Georgia's second largest professional theater, producing over 800 events a year, attracting over 80,000 visitors and conducting 90-minute tours of historic buildings led by professional storytellers. Lawrenceville's revitalization plan was strengthened in 2005, when the city drew up a plan to move the Aurora, a former home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia State University Orchestra, to a permanent location in downtown Lawtonville.
In 1821, the first mayor of the city of Lawrenceville, John Grace, and his wife Mary Grace bought a permanent seat for the county courthouse. In 1823-24, Major Grace built the first permanent brick structure for the courthouse for $4,000. The four streets that surrounded the square were constructed as other streets in the village and a public well was dug.
Oliver Hardy, a resident of Lawrenceville, became the first resident and one of the most famous writers in Georgia's history. Although not widely read today, he is described as "one of the most influential writers of his time" and "the most prolific writer in Atlanta history."
Local prosecutor Gene Reeves was shot dead by a sniper in Lawrenceville during the murder of Larry Flynt, one of the most notorious serial killers of all time. The highly fictionalized treatment of the shooting of flynt can be seen in the film "Lawrenceville, Georgia," a film about the shooting and its aftermath.
Ezzard Charles, born in 1921, grew up in Cincinnati, where the odds were much better for African Americans than at any time in the Deep South. He became world heavyweight champion by unanimously defeating Joe Louis on September 27, 1950. Lawrenceville was one of many places across the country where the editor of Hustler magazine Larry Flynt faced obscenity charges in the late 1970s. Ghost guides tell the story and legends of the city, including the murder of Larry Flynt, the shooting of Gene Reeves by a sniper and much more.
Median income per household in the city is $32,779, and median income per family is $38,557. The population is distributed: 9.1% are over 65 years old or older, slightly above the national average of 7.5%. More than half of Lawrenceville's 1.2 million residents live below the poverty line, including over 2.3 million people in poverty, the highest poverty rate in Georgia.
The ethnic makeup of the population is more diverse than the national average, with a high percentage of African Americans and Hispanics. Charles Henry Smith, born in 1826, lived most of his life in Lawrenceville, but left his family home in the city as a young man to take a job at Georgia State University.
Lawrenceville Medical Center, a medical facility supported by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Gwinnett County Health Department, is Georgia's largest medical center and one of the oldest in the state. The area was served by Knopf Hospital, which was later converted into Knopf-Gw Innett Hospital and later Georgia State University Hospital.
The Peach State Federal Credit Union, based in Lawrenceville, has 39,800 members. It is the largest credit union in Georgia and the second largest operating in the Atlanta area, with assets of more than $1.5 billion. Lawrence County, home to Georgia State University Medical Center, has a population of about 1.5 million people and an average annual income of $2.3 million.
Lawrenceville is also accessible from Snellville, and nearby cities include Atlanta, Gwinnett County, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. Atlanta United FC, a member of the National Football League (NFL), plays at Coolray Field.