West, Ben, 1911-1974
Mayor of Nashville (1951-63). At one critical moment during the sit-in demonstrations of 1960 protest marchers challenged West to take a stand against segregation. He did so, and the Nashville business community quickly agreed to desegregate department store lunch counters, making Nashville the first southern city to desegregate public facilities. -- Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture WWW site.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Nashville Public Library Digital Collections Portal: Civil Rights (Nashville Public Library)