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View of the Illinois Building which served as a headquarters for people from the state visiting the exposition, but did not offer an exhibition in the building.

This castle like structure pictured here served as the Administration Building for the exposition. It was here that many of the Cotton States and International Exposition's concerts, speeches, and conventions took place.

The Romanesque building pictured here is the Agriculture Building of the exposition. The Agriculture Building included exhibits on "food, its accessories, machinery, and appliances." The building also showcased agricultural exhibits organized by…

Alabama was one of the many states that had an exhibition building developed for the Cotton States and International Exposition. These State Buildings, along with special "State Days" helped to symbolize national reconciliation across the country.…

View of the Auditorium Building of the Cotton States and International Exposition. With a seating capacity of 2,000, the Auditorium provided a space for concerts, speeches, and conventions. It is here that Booker T. Washington gave his famous speech…

View of the Central Terrace of the Cotton States and International Exposition.

View of the exterior of the Dahomey Village exhibit in Piedmont Park. The sign outside advertises that the village includes "cannibals" and "Amazon warriors." The Dahomey Village was very popular among visitors to the Midway who wanted to see the…

Exterior view of the Electricity Building of the Cotton States and International Exposition. Since the invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1879, the possibilities for electric based technology had multiplied. From telegraphs and telephones to…

This image of the Machinery Hall at night demonstrates the electric power it produced. The Machinery Hall was the source of all electric lights throughout the exposition.

View of an exhibit inside the Forestry and Mineral Building of the Cotton States and International Exposition. The building was composed entirely of wood and several states as well as countries were represented by the flora and fauna and mineral…