Hearing today on preserving segregation-era restaurant
Segregationist Lester Maddox, who later became governor of Georgia, closed his Pickrick restaurant in 1964 rather than integrate it.
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#1 Nov 3, 2008
The most segregated area of Atlanta was Auburn Avenue. Auburn Avenue was the black business and cultural center of Atlanta and functioned independently of the rest of downtown. Auburn Avenue was a thriving community until segregation ended and opportunities to shop and live in white areas attracted successful blacks to abandon the crime and corruption of Sweet Auburn. Auburn degenerated into a near ghetto for the next decades.
#2 Nov 3, 2008
that about covers the facts
#3 Nov 3, 2008
Lester Maddox was the most beloved of Georgia governors. He stood up against special interests, against corruption, and against bullies. Lester called advocates of MARTA liars for promising a 15 cent fare if voters would approve the new transit system. Sure enough, the 15 cent fare was gone in a flash. Lester warned Georgia motorists of speed traps run by corrupt Georgia towns and sheriffs. Lester railed against the politically biased Atlanta Constitution newspaper, calling it good for nothing except wrapping fish.
Lester re-opened his restaurant and admitted every race and color. Most blacks generally liked Lester as a man of his word and a man of honor.
Lester's true character was revealed when he rushed through his burning house and rescued his crippled wife from the fire. He was 80 years old at the time.
“I am listening.......”
Since: Jun 08
#4 Nov 3, 2008
LOL. Love this quotation!
Here is information from Wikipedia about Maddox including info about the Pickrick cafeteria...
#5 Nov 5, 2008
Lester Maddox was the champion of the people and a fearless fighter all of his life.
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