1946 October 14

Atlanta Officials Put “Negro” Designation After Coroner Candidate’s Name; Candidate Protests


Atlanta officials put the designation “Negro” after the name of Aurelius Scott, candidate for the office of Fulton County Coroner. Scott, an African-American, protested the action on this day, charging that it was designed to pit whites against blacks in the election. White Democrats, meanwhile, tried to pressure Scott to withdraw from the election. The Executive Committee of the Fulton County Democratic Party voted unanimously to ask him to withdraw, but then reversed itself and expunged its original request from the records, apparently out of fear of a federal civil rights investigation.

Learn more about African American history: Henry Louis Gates, Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 (2011)

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