|August 17, 2017 City Council Regular Meeting|
Motion to Approve Installation of Mayor Malcolm Maclean Marker in the Atlantic Mall
The Historic Site and Monument Commission recommends approval of the request to install the Mayor Malcom Maclean Marker in the Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent neighborhood. The marker will be double-sided, mounted on a 6-foot pole, and installed in the Atlantic Mall at East 45th Street, near Mayor Maclean's former residence.
The marker will be funded by the Georgia Historical Society, in partnership with the Waters Foundation and Hunter Maclean. The City of Savannah will install the marker; it will be maintained by Georgia Historical.
The text of the marker shall read:
Malcom R. Maclean (1919-2001)
Malcom R. Maclean served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War, rising to the rank of commander. After Harvard Law, Maclean entered Savannah politics. His fellow aldermen selected Maclean as mayor in 1960 to fill an unexpired term. Elected with bi-racial support in 1962, Maclean sought to avoid the violence surrounding the Civil Rights movement that occurred elsewhere and responded with moderation to protests and a boycott of segregated businesses. Maclean negotiated with business and civil rights leaders, including W.W. Law and Eugene Gadsen, to accomplish the largely peaceful desegregation of Savannah before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Voters rejected Maclean's reelection bid in 1966. Maclean also helped establish Memorial Health hospital and recruit Gulfstream Aerospace. Maclean lived nearby on E. 45th Street and is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery.
Ellen I. Harris, Director of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation Chatham County-Savannah MPC
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