LESTER G. MADDOX The controversial Georgia politician pens his name along with a sentiment on this color photo Photograph signed: “To Jakie/ Pruett/ with best/ wishes,/Lester Maddox/ 9/10/74” in black felt tip, color, 8×10. Lester Maddox (1915-2003) was charged with assaulting five black ministers who tried to eat at his Atlanta Restaurant the day after passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. (He was subsequently acquitted by an all-white jury.) Maddox, who wielded an axe handle as a symbol of his opposition to desegregation, but never actually used it on anybody, ended up closing his restaurant rather than serving black customers. Maddox was later elected Governor of Georgia (1967-1971). Prohibited from a second term by Georgia’s constitution, he was elected Lieutenant Governor (1971-1975), often opposing the policies of his successor, Jimmy Carter. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 216339
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