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Maynard Jackson


The child of black Atlanta aristocrats, Jackson was the first grandson of John Wesley Dobbs, the unofficial “Mayor of Auburn Avenue” and a visionary who worked to register black voters. Read More

Bill Campbell

(b. 1953)

By the time Campbell had served as a federal prosecutor, helped defeat the proposed Presidential Parkway, and won election as mayor in 1993, the charismatic, handsome lawyer seemed destined for big things. Read More

Andrew Young

(b. 1932)

In MLK’s inner circle, Andrew Young was the refined diplomat. Read More

Sam Massell

(B. 1927)

When he won a bruising mayor’s race in 1969 after eight years as a city alderman, the forty-two-year-old Massell held the distinctions of being Atlanta’s youngest, most progressive, and first Jewish mayor. Read More

Shirley Franklin

(b. 1945)

Given that Mayor Franklin’s motto was “Ask not what the city can do for you, but what you can do for the city,” it’s fitting that she won a Kennedy Library Foundation Profiles in Courage award. Read More

Ivan Allen Jr.


Born into a wealthy family, the World War II vet married the granddaughter of city patriarch Hugh T. Inman. From 1962 to 1970, Allen proved a heroic mayor. Read More

The Maynard Jackson inaugural

January 7, 1974

Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. made history as Atlanta’s first black mayor, and his January 7, 1974, inaugural itself shattered precedent. The traditional City Hall ceremony for a few hundred was traded for a riotous ninety-minute gala at the Civic Center. Read More