Atlanta’s first African American Mayor is being remembered with a bronze relief plaque at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. served as Atlanta’s mayor for three terms, from 1974 to 1982 and from 1990-1994. He died on June 23, 2003. The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal opened on May 16, 2012. According to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s Web site, Former Mayor Maynard H. Jackson Jr. left many legacies for Atlanta. The Airport now bears his name, along with former Mayor William B. Hartsfield’s, to commemorate his commitment to setting standards for equality and inclusion in contracts and throughout city government.

(Credit: Bunnie Jackson)

(Credit: Bunnie Jackson)

Maynard Jackson III, seen in the picture above with sister Brooke, calls the plaque “magical”, saying that everyone was very happy to see it. “The artist did such a good job. His representation just seemed right at home, right down to the eyes. It was a great likeness, that seemed almost spooky at times.” The artist is Fred Ajanogha.

Jackson III is President and Chairman of the American Voters League, which his father founded in 2002. He calls the plaque “long overdue”, and adds, “the more poignant part of it, is that it comes at a very important time in politics in Georgia. ” The younger Jackson adding that, “it was confirmation that I’m doing what he wants. I’ve resurrected American Voters League and it’s aimed at increasing voter turn out. It’s almost as though he was smiling down on me.”

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