Morehouse graduate William Alexander Scott II founded the nation’s first successful black-owned daily newspaper, Atlanta World, in 1928 on Auburn Avenue. In 1932, the paper’s name changed to Atlanta Daily World.
Following World War I, the newspaper criticized Jim Crow laws and lynchings in the South. The paper is now a weekly.
Newspaper operations relocated after a 2008 tornado damaged the building, and the structure was put up for sale. While a prospective purchaser originally planned to demolish it, preservation-minded developer Gene Kansas has recently completed a Georgia Trust award-winning rehabilitation and adaptive use of this important historic landmark building.