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Lester Maddox

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Lester Maddox, the segregationist who would be governor of Georgia, died Wednesday. Maddox was hospitalized after taking a fall, and was suffering from pneumonia and intestinal problems. He was 87.
In 1947, Maddox started the Pickrick Restaurant in Atlanta. His political ambitions were sparked by the 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown vs. Board of Education. When the Civil Rights Act desegregated public establishments, Maddox did everything he could to keep black people from eating at the Pickrick with white people. (To keep them away, Maddox sported a pistol while his friends carried pick handles.)
Maddox then closed the restaurant and ran for governor on an uncompromising segregationist platform. Despite having no political experience, he was elected in 1967.
“Georgians have lost more than a former Governor. We have lost a devoted family man, a dedicated public servant, and a prominent citizen who loved this State and her people,” said Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

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Maynard Jackson

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Maynard Jackson, former mayor of Atlanta, died of heart failure on Monday. He was 65.
Jackson was elected in 1973 as the first black mayor of a major Southern city. He was only 35 at the time, making him the nation’s youngest mayor.
He served two terms, and then a third from 1990 to 1994, when he won the election with 79 percent of the vote. Jackson was also the president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors and of the national Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
“His commitment to public service, strong business acumen and love of family have firmly established his place in history. Atlanta’s growth and prominence among the nation’s most vital cities will also live on as a large part of Maynard Jackson’s tremendous legacy,” said Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
Complete Coverage: AJC.com

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