The doors of the Capitol are made of solid oak, carved with elaborate decorations, and have large windows as to allow light into the building. Additionally, they are mounted on hinges that allow them to open and to close. But why are these doors necessary? The answer is that they provide an entrance as well as an exit for people to enter and exit the building. More specifically, without the constant movement of people between the walls, the Capitol would lose all significance.
Upon entering the building, one is first greeted by a man or women in apparel to identify themselves as security for the building. This is where the journey of discovering the vast types of individuals inhabiting the Capitol begins.
One type of persons you may happen upon is a person much like yourself, a visitor. For the most part, visitors at the Capitol have many things in common that one may observe in order to identify their purpose. For example, many visitors carry cameras and request others to take their pictures on the marble steps. They may stop to read or simply take in the architecture of the building as well as the artifacts within. Finally, most visitors dress informally when compared to others in the building.
Walking in either wing of the building, it is also relatively easy to recognize those that are either politicians or those there for official business. These persons dress in formal attire and have name tags that state their name, title, and sometimes even purpose. Further, most have a more serious demeanor than the already discussed visitors; instead of wondering the halls they walk with purpose and confidence.
Furthermore, another category of persons that is arguably easily identifiable is that of a military man or women. These men and women wear pristine uniforms decorated with pins and patches that denote their accomplishment as well as status. They too walk with purpose and confidence, while having a very formal demeanor.
Another, somewhat unforeseen category, is those who are a mix of both visitor and participant. More specifically, I am describing individuals who host and attend special events on the Capitol’s grounds. These people are, for the most part, are enthusiastic in nature and willing to express their opinion on the subject matter highlighted by the program. For example, there was an event called “Music Day at the Capitol” on February 1st, 2017. In more detail, the day was centered on the celebration and promotion of House Bill 155, which will help to promote the music industry in Georgia, should it be ratified. The people attending this event were very diverse in nature, but they all belonged in this category due to their common interest in music. To be more descriptive, they were people of all races, genders, ages, and appearances gathered under the dome to listen to performances of Georgia’s own.
The final category of persons one might discover roaming the halls of the Capitol is a student. I do recognize that this may be a subcategory of the first classification of a visitor, but there are different qualities that separate them from the aforementioned category. For example, they travel in large packs lead by an adult and presumably a tour guide. Students tend to ask lots of questions and dress in what one would assume to be school appropriate clothing. Additionally, another quality of groups of students are that they are somewhat loud and their voices can be heard echoing down the hall. As far as demeanor goes, they too are happy to explore the structure and artifacts of the building.
Overall, the Capitol is a place made for the people. People of all shapes, colors, ages, purposes and ideas. It’s a place where people can gather to enjoy a shared experience of learning about the history of Georgia as well as making history within its walls.
College Fair at the Capital
(This photo shows both people with a purpose and a class of students all wearing red in the background.)
(The security guard is the first person one meets after crossing the threshold of the Capitol.)
Military Personnel Ascending the Steps of the Capitol
Flyer and Sticker for “Music Day at the Capitol”
(Also pictured is the crowd that attended the celebration.)
(The above link is a video of a local elementary school’s performance.)