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John Wesley Dobbs (1882-1961)

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Creator:Bailey, Matthew
Title:John Wesley Dobbs (1882-1961)
Date:2005 Aug. 26

Encyclopedia article about John Wesley Dobbs, referred to as the unofficial mayor of Auburn Avenue, one of several distinguished African American civic and political leaders who worked to achieve racial equality in segregated Atlanta during the first half of the twentieth century. Dobbs attended Atlanta Baptist College before his mother's ill health forced him to drop out and care for her. He never earned a college degree but studied independently and passed a civil service exam that allowed him to become a railway mail clerk for the U.S. Post Office in Atlanta. Dobbs was a member of the Prince Hall Masons, a fraternal order that attracted socially conscious leaders within the black middle class. He was also involved in founding the Atlanta Civic and Political League and the Atlanta Negro Voters League.

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Subjects:Dobbs, John Wesley, 1882-1961 | African American civic leaders--Georgia--Atlanta | African Americans--Politics and government | African American political activists--Georgia--Atlanta | Atlanta (Ga.) | Fulton County (Ga.)
Collection:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Institution:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Contributors:New Georgia Encyclopedia (Project) | Georgia Humanities Council | University of Georgia. Press | Merrill-Hall New Media | GALILEO (Georgia statewide project)
Online Publisher:2005-08-26
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