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The Toxic Tour of Gainesville, Georgia
The Newtown Florist Club

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The neighborhood of "Newtown" (located in Gainesville, Georgia) was created after the famous tornado of 1936.  The tornado took hundreds of lives, destroyed major businesses and leveled countless houses.  Entire neighborhoods were swept clean by the tornado's ravages.  In the days and months of recovery, grants, government loans and other aide helped build new homes.  In the "African American" part of town (the southside) many of the houses that had been totally destroyed or damaged beyond repair, were replaced with new structures built on top of a nearby junk yard.  This newly-created residential district was dubbed "Newtown" and it was specifically for the African-American community.

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