​October 16, 1973: Maynard Jackson Makes History In Atlanta

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On this day, in 1973, Maynard Jackson became the 1st African-American Mayor Of A Major City In The South. Jackson won the runoff against Atlanta’s incumbent Mayor, Sam Massell, with 59% of the vote.

Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr.was a politician and attorney from Georgia, a member of the Democratic Party, and elected in 1973 at the age of 35.

He served 3 terms (1974–82, 1990–94), making him the 2nd longest-serving mayor of Atlanta, after 6-term mayor (1937-41, 1942-62) William B. Hartsfield.

He is notable also for public works projects, primarily a new terminal at the airport, and for greatly increasing minority business participation in the city

Read about Mayor Jackson’s legacy and honors at: Daily Black History Facts

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