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Lester Maddox
September 30, 1915 Lester Maddox is born, Atlanta, Georgia
  Lester Maddox
July 3, 1964 A day after the signing of the Civil Rights bill, 5 ministers visit Pickrick Restaurant, a whites-only establishment owned by Lester Maddox. Descriptions of the events that occurred that day varies widely, but Maddox will be charged with assault
  Lester Maddox
February 5, 1965 Lester Maddox, as owner of the Pickrick Restaurant, is ordered by Judge Hooper to end discrimination at the restaurant or close. Maddox chooses to close the restaurant rather than serve blacks
  Frank A. Hooper
  Lester Maddox
April 21, 1965 Lester Maddox makes a plea to all-white jury, asking them to acquit him of charges against him over an incident that occurred on July 3, 1964 at Maddox's Pickrick Restaurant. After 47 minutes of deliberation, they acquitted Maddox.
  Lester Maddox
September 15, 1966 In one of the tightest races for governor in the history of the state, Ellis Arnell, Lester Maddox, Jimmy Carter and James Grey all finish with more than 150,000 votes. Arnell and Maddox are forced into a run-off
  Jimmy Carter
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
  Lester Maddox
September 28, 1966 Lester Maddox defeats Ellis Arnell in a Democratic run-off. Arnell announces he will run for governor as a third-party candidate
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
  Lester Maddox
November 8, 1966 No one wins the Election for governor of Georgia. "Bo" Callaway, Republican, wins the popular vote but not a majority, thanks to Ellis Arnell's third party run for the position. According to Georgia law at the time the legislature must decide the outcome. They choose segregationist Lester Maddox (Democrat) to the lead the state. Final totals in the election: Howard H. "Bo" Callaway: 449,894 (47.07%) Lester G. Maddox: 448,044 (46.88%) Ellis G. Arnall: 57,832 (6.05%)
  Lester Maddox
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
April 9, 1968 Martin Luther King's funeral is held in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Lester Maddox, governor of the state at the time, refuses to close the state government in honor of the slain Civil Rights leader, or attend the funeral. Maddox felt King was an "enemy of the country." The governor additionally stationed 64 riot-helmeted state troopers at the entrances of the capitol to protect "the property of the state."
April 9, 1968
  Lester Maddox
  Martin Luther King
June 24, 2003 Lester Maddox, 87, a segregationist who governed Georgia as a moderate Democrat, died in an Atlanta hospice as a result of a fall.
  Lester Maddox


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