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6.23.13 … Herren’s and integration: “Herren’s is largely credited with being the first downtown Atlanta restaurant to voluntarily desegregate” …

Herren’s Atlanta, history, integration, kith/kin:  This was a favorite of my dad, and I went there many times in the 60’s and 70’s.  I never knew this tidbit about of its history!

50 years ago, Herren’s opened door to family and integration photo

It was one of the best meals Dr. Lee Shelton ever had, but the fact that he ate it at one of Atlanta’s most well-known restaurants was hard for some to stomach.On June 25, 1963, Shelton, a prominent African-American physician, his wife, Delores, and mother-in-law — a North Carolina domestic worker — became the first black patrons at Herren’s, a downtown restaurant popular with many of the city’s movers and shakers.That simple meal of prime rib, though, had larger implications. Herren’s is largely credited with being the first downtown Atlanta restaurant to voluntarily desegregate. It happened before passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Georgia State University’s School of Hospitality, the Georgia Restaurant Association and Theatrical Outfit will host “An Evening at Herren’s” at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. The event, which is $75 per person, will commemorate that breakthrough moment at the restaurant, which was founded in 1934 by Charlie Herren and later owned and operated by the Negri family until it closed in 1987.“I was just doing my part,” said Shelton, 85, a retired general surgeon. He said he refused to use colored restrooms and didn’t shop at stores where blacks weren’t welcome. He would join civil rights protests.“I did everything I could to get rid of segregation where I met it,” he said. “It was kind of like bowling — just knocking the pins down.”

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