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The People’s Mayor: Maynard Jackson and the Politics of Transformation Exhibition

  • 26 Sep 2011
  • 02 Dec 2011
  • Atlanta, GA

AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library
           Exhibition Hall
           111 James P. Brawley Drive
           Atlanta, GA 30314

Description: The People’s Mayor: Maynard Jackson and the Politics of Transformation traveling exhibition offers visitors an engaging journey through biographical and historical highlights of Jackson’s mayoral career. Upon winning the election for mayor of Atlanta in October 1973, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. became not only the youngest mayor of a major southern city but also the first African American. A dynamic and dedicated politician, Jackson transformed city government, revolutionized both labor and neighborhood relations, raised the profile of the city, and galvanized the communities of Atlanta. He served two consecutive terms and then returned for a third term in 1990.

The ten-panel exhibition features select materials rarely seen by the public, including official proclamations, correspondence, and photographs. On display are artifacts and memorabilia celebrating the expansion of the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport as well as a 1988 Olympic Torch presented to Jackson. Also included in the exhibition is a video featuring archival news footage of Jackson. “The People’s Mayor: Maynard Jackson and the Politics of Transformation” is available for loan beginning in January 2012.

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