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This is Maddox Country

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Allied Printing Trades Council (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.1432-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 1B, box LS4

Lester Garfield Maddox (1915-2003) was an outspoken Southern segregationist who rose to prominence during the American Civil Rights Movement. Maddox was the owner of the Pickrick fried chicken restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. The Pickrick was an establishment for whites only, something which Maddox continued to enforce even after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed such unjust behaviour. Small pick handles were sold as souvenirs at the Pickrick and came to symbolise local opposition to integration. Maddox was so steadfast in his racist convictions that he sold the restaurant rather than face the legal obligation to serve black customers.
Backed by the Ku Klux Klan, Maddox ran for the 1966 seat of Governor of Georgia on the Democratic ticket and won. Posters such as this, first issued around the time of his gubernatorial race, were displayed by supporters in shop fronts and the windows of residences.

Physical description

Text only poster printed in black ink on white card.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

ca. 1966 (made)

Artist/maker

Allied Printing Trades Council (printers)

Materials and Techniques

lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

"THIS IS/ MADDOX/ COUNTRY"
Best Wishes - Lester Maddox

Dimensions

Height: 28.1 cm, Width: 35.4 cm

Descriptive line

"This is Maddox Country" Text only landscape format poster printed in black ink on white. USA, ca. 1966.

Production Note

Atlanta, Georgia

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Racism; Elections; Politics

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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