Historic Markers Across Georgia

Benjamin Mays 1895 - 1984

Marker ID:  
Location: On Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in the West End district of Atlanta, GA.
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.289    W 084° 24.902
  33.75481666    -84.41503333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM7W4C
Benjamin Mays 
1895 - 1984 Marker  


The son of a Southern tenant farmer, Benjamin Mays was educated at Bates College in Main and at the University of Chicago. An ordained Baptist minister, Mays began his Atlanta career as pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. After teaching at several collages Mays became president of Morehouse College in 1940, a position he held until 1967. He influenced a generation of "Morehouse men," including Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1969, Mays became the first African American to serve on the Atlanta Board of Education and later, became its president. As a religions leader, he advocated a church commitment to progressive political change. As an educator he demanded equity and excellence from his students, colleagues, and city.


Benjamin Mays 
1895 - 1984


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