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A. Reginald Eaves collection

Identifier: aarl016-006

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs, trophies and awards, artwork, and ephemera.


  • 1973 - 2010

Biographical / Historical

A. Reginald Eaves,born in 1934, dedicated his careeer to public service and community development in Fulton County. While in Boston, he received a law degree from New England School of Law in 1966, served as an admimistrator for the Massachusetts senate, taught in the Boston Public Schools, and was the executive director of South-end Neighborhood Action Program. He campaigned for Maynard Jackson's first mayoral campaign. In 1973, Jackson hired Eaves as a political advisor. Jackson appointed Eaves as the city's first public safety administrator in 1974. From 1979 to 1988, he was a member of the Fulton County Commission.A.Reginald Eaves was among the first generation of black politicians to break color barriers in cities across the nation in the wake of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He was the first black administrator to the president of the Massachusetts Senate, and later became Atlanta's first public safety commissioner. Eaves also played a major part in Atlanta's shift to black political power in the 1970s and 1980s, serving as a key adviser to college classmate Maynard Jackson during Jackson's first mayoral campaign and administration. In 1981, he ran for Mayor of Atlanta. And in 2009, he ran for the Atlanta City Council District 11 seat, in a crowded race. He also served as Board Chairman for Economic Opportunity Atlanta (EOA), the community action authority for Atlanta. Eaves died June 9, 2015 of a stroke at a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 81.


2.5 Linear Feet



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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303