The Jack Martin Memorial Garden
Amtrak Station, Atlanta, Georgia

Jack Martin was a long time champion of passenger rail in Georgia and the nation. 
He was a founding member of the Georgia Association of Railroad Passengers
and a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers for over 25 years,
having served as its President for 21 years.

Jack's untimely passing on September 1, 2000, touched many people in all facets of the railroad industry.
 After some discussion, it was decided that the most fitting memorial tribute to Jack
would be to establish a garden in his memory at the Atlanta Amtrak station.  

Sponsored by Amtrak and a host of other passenger rail organizations,
the garden was dedicated on July 23, 2001, at a ceremony attended by over fifty people.

On June 22, 2002, a private ceremony was held to unveil the brass plaque with the permanent dedication

Following are some photographs taken at both occasions.


Remarks by Alan Yorker, President of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, in June, 2001. 
Seated behind are Faye Martin, Jack's widow, and Al Edelston, Amtrak VP, Intercity East

Remarks by Faye Martin
Remarks by Faye Martin

Unveiling of the tablet text
Unveiling of a board with the text of a permanent tablet to be displayed in the garden
by Alan Yorker and Cheryle Jackson, Amtrak VP Government Relations and Public Affairs.
Below are pictures of the unveiling of the actual plaque, which took place on June 22, 2002.

Memorial marker
Memorial marker placed in the garden
"I simply love trains"


Alan Yorker, NARP President (back to the camera), delivering remarks at the unveiling ceremony.
On the left is Matt Martin, next to Faye Martin.  
Deborah Wetter, Amtrak General Manager, Gulf Coast Business Group, is on the right.

Alan Yorker and Faye Martin with the plaque
Alan Yorker and Faye Martin with the plaque.

THIS GARDEN IS
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF


JACK MARTIN

GENTLEMAN, PROUD ATLANTAN, ACCOMPLISHED COCA-COLAź ATTORNEY
PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR A NATIONAL RAIL PASSENGER SYSTEM,
LOVER OF TRAINS, AMTRAK CHAMPION AND LONG-TERM PRESIDENT
OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS


THIS GARDEN IS MADE POSSIBLE
BY THE GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING:


NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AMTRAK)
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS
GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS - REGION XII
WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS
ATLANTIC STATION
PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF, INC.
THE PATTI MARTIN COPPEDGE FAMILY
THE MEREDITH "MIMI" MARTIN ADDY FAMILY
GEORGIA RAIL PASSENGER AUTHORITY AND STAFF

 

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Last updated June 29, 2002