our community encompasses the historic west end and the surrounding neighborhoods of westview, adair park, oakland city, vine city/english avenue, ashview heights, and the atlanta university center.
Established in 1867, The Historic West End is the oldest Atlanta neighborhood – predating the city itself. The district was once considered the crème de le crème of suburban living, housing much of the cities wealthy white-collar professions.
In the late 1800s, Southwest Atlanta became home to several prestigious historically black colleges and universities including Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and the Morehouse School of Medicine in the late 1900s. These HBCUs are now recognized as the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Pioneers in offering educational opportunities to African Americans, they remain a progressive force in the development of Atlanta’s black community. With notable alumni including the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee, Alice Walker, and many others, the impact of these institutions is still recognized today throughout the nation.
During the 1970s, Southwest Atlanta experienced white flight, which resulted in our community becoming 86% African American. In the 2000s, the economic recession heavily affected the region with many Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods experiencing blight. Today, these neighborhoods have a population of approximately 50,000 people with a median income of no more than $30,000.00. Despite many challenges, Southwest Atlanta is rich in history, culture, and diversity.
The area has seen increased development in recent years, however Southwest Atlanta still carries the stigma of being an economically challenged neighborhood with crime rates higher than the city average. Access to quality education for our children is limited.
“A Spiritual Center” best describes the diversity of faiths and theological confusion that exists in our community. Orthodox Muslims, Black Hebrew Israelites, Rastafarians, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics, Wiccans, Egyptologists, Seventh Day Adventists, Atheists, and a great many religious expressions all reside in this relatively small area. Christian churches are present, and some have seen great fruit in our neighborhood. We believe Cornerstone Church enriches the community by providing an enduring hope, encouraging disciple-making, and offering Gospel-centered community solutions.