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Neil DeRosa and The Transformation of The Pickrick

The Pickrick, once located at 891 Hemphill Street NW in Atlanta, Georgia was originally owned by segregationist Lester Maddox, who later became governor in 1966. Maddox shut the diner down in 1965 rather than comply with a court order to desegregate. On one occasion, he waved a gun at three black men who came to eat at the diner.

The diner was purchased by Georgia Tech shortly after Maddox shut it down. and it was turned into the Fred W. Ajax Placement Center. 

You can read what happened once GT and Neil DeRosa took over in the Georgia Tech alumni magazine below…

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Read more (Pages 12 to 15)…

From Maddox Country to DeRosa Country, the transformation of the Pickrich Diner

Read more here… (NYTimes: July 23, 1964)

More history of the Pickrick Restaurant at Atlanta Time Machine

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Read more (Pages 16 and 17)…