Interstates, racial segregation, and elections in Atlanta
The 1939 “Race of Household” map above comes from the Planning Atlanta collection at Georgia State University. It shows the percentage of homes occupied by African American residents.
That’s basically Downtown on the left, Old Fourth Ward at the top Center, and Grant Park at the bottom center. Notice the way that majority-black and majority-white districts were dispersed in a fairly mixed way across this part of the city in comparison to the situation today (read on for more on that).
This was what the demographic makeup of the city center was like before the interstates came through.
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