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The two buildings were equal in size to show the importance of teaching both the mind and the hands, though, at the time, there was some disagreement to whether the machine shop should have been used to turn a profit.
The site was bounded on the south by North Avenue, and on the west by Cherry Street.
Democratic City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito echoed the mayor's stance, saying the memorial celebrates a disputable historical figure.
'I will wait for the commission, as I said Christopher Columbus is a controversial figure to many of us particularly in the Caribbean and I think that that has to be looked at, when you have to look at history we have to look at it thoroughly and clearly,' CBS reported her as saying Monday.
Two former Confederate officers, Major John Fletcher Hanson (an industrialist) and Nathaniel Edwin Harris (a politician and eventually Governor of Georgia), who had become prominent citizens in the town of Macon, Georgia after the Civil War, strongly believed that the South needed to improve its technology to compete with the industrial revolution that was occurring throughout the North.
In 1882, the Georgia State Legislature authorized a committee, led by Harris, to visit the Northeast to see firsthand how technology schools worked.
Georgia Tech is a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.