Peyton Wall

This week, I'm covering the "Peyton Wall" - TWO barricades erected in 1962, along Peyton and Harlan Roads. White neighbors had been fighting "Negro encroachment" for more than a decade, and when Ivan Allen became mayor in 1962, they inundated him with letters requesting that the roads be made dead-ends (among other things). By December, the city has blocked the roads and while they were only up for a few months, they've had a long-lasting impact on Atlanta.

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