Historic Markers Across Georgia

Early Segregation On Auburn Avenue

Marker ID: Sweet Auburn F2
Location: on Auburn Ave, west of Courtland St, Atlanta, GA.
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.333    W 084° 23.089
  33.75555    -84.38481666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9BM6
Early Segregation On Auburn Avenue Marker  


In 1900, businesses and professional firms at this end of Auburn Avenue were primarily White-owned and segregated, including United Investment Corporation Holding, Equitable Credit Union, and the Southern Belle Telephone and Telegraph Company. Within the next ten years, African American Peyton Allen and James Spratlin integrated this block of Auburn Avenue. Spradlin established the Atlanta Steam Dye and Cleaning Company. Alan, a teacher and an Atlanta University alumnus, opened a law office and advocated equal rights for African Americans. Atlanta's streetcars were segregated by ordinance after 1890, prompting black citizens to boycott the trolleys around the turn of the century. Men such as Alan rode bicycles rather than sit in segregated streetcars, but they were unable to reverse the trend toward legislated segregation.

The Sweet Auburn Historical Interpretive Program developed by:
Corporation for Olympic Development in ATLANTA
Digging It Up
African American Research and Consulting Firm, Inc
Jones Whirly Design, Inc. Graphic Designer

Peyton Allen
Early Segregation On Auburn Avenue
Photo by From marker on Sweet Aurbun Ave.