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Davis, Myrtle
Davis, Myrtle
TitleDavis, Myrtle
DescriptionPortrait of Atlanta City Council Member Myrtle Davis.
Geographic LocationAtlanta (Ga.)
Civic leaders--Georgia--Atlanta
African Americans--1980-1990
Personal NameDavis, Myrtle Reid
Date Original1988
Date Digital2009
Type4 x 5 in. silver gelatin print
Digital FormatJPEG
Catalogue NumberVIS 158.01.128
CollectionSouthline Press, Inc. Photographs
PublisherKenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
RightsThis material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through The Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.
NotesMyrtle Reid Davis was born in 1931 and raised in South Carolina. In 1956, she moved to Atlanta and throughout the 1960s, she served on the boards of numerous Atlanta based organizations including the League of Women Voters of Fulton County, serving as president. She also served on the board of directors for the Gate City Day Nursery Association, and in 1970, she was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Atlanta Urban League. In 1979, Davis was hired by Leadership Atlanta where she worked as co-executive director for ten years. In 1981, Davis ran for public office and was elected as a member of the Atlanta City Council. During her tenure on the Atlanta City Council, Davis served as chair of the Human Resources Committee, the Water and Pollution Committee and the Community Development Committee. Davis also served for five years as chair of the Finance Committee. In 1994, she became a candidate for mayor of the City of Atlanta, later serving as the coordinator for the 1996 Atlanta Expo. In 1998, Davis retired from city government as water utility manager for the City of Atlanta.
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