The Berlin Wall today is the symbol of the physical, cultural and social separation of the “East” and “West” during the Cold War era. From August 13, 1961 until 1989, the Berlin Wall was also the physical barricade between East and West Germany.
This week’s Sunday Sign describes this small section of the Berlin Wall on display outside the Social Science Building at Kennesaw State University.
As the sign indicates, the piece of the Berlin Wall was gifted to Senator Chuck Clay (Georgia) by the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin in honor of Senator Clay’s grandfather, General Lucius D. Clay of Marietta, Georgia.
General Clay served as the military governor of Germany from 1945-49 and is credited with “engineering the Berlin airlift, breaking the Soviet blockade of Berlin in 1948-49.”
One of the really cool aspects of living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama during the 1990s was the opportunity to experience the emergence of a German community in West Central Alabama as the Mercedes-Benz plant was built and put into operation in Vance. In 2000, I was fortunate to be asked to write the copy for a 16-page booklet about the 5-year anniversary of Mercedes in Alabama.
Daimler AG continues to expand its operations in Tuscaloosa. The presence of this German corporation in Alabama has made a huge and positive impact on Alabama, not just economically but also educationally and culturally, through positive management practices and civic-minded philosophy.
I visited Germany in March 2001. It’s a beautiful country with beautiful people. Would love to spend more time there.
The Sunday Sign is a weekly feature of The Ben Franklin Follies.
The Newseum has a very detailed section dedicated to The Berlin Wall.