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H. Sol Clark Oral History Interview 2001 December 28

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Creator: Clark, H. Sol, 1906-
Kuhn, Cliff
Title: H. Sol Clark Oral History Interview 2001 December 28
Date: 2001 Dec. 28
Description: Local identification number: Clark, HS_20011228_(P2002-01)

H. Sol Clark (1972-1977), "Father of Legal Aid in Georgia," is a Savannah lawyer and was involved in the founding of Savannah Legal Aid and Georgia Legal Services; he was interviewed in conjunction with a proposed film on late Savannah civil rights activist W.W. Law.

Among topics discussed: Parents immigrating from Russia; attending Benedictine Military School instead of the University of Georgia; being a lawyer during the Great Depression with Gordon Saucier, mayor of Savannah; Judaism; friendship with African-American named "Yellow" at Tybee Island; growing up with African-American friends; Jewish Educational Alliance; experience with racism at Yale University; daughter's disease and death; Robert D. Abrams of Philadelphia Legal Aid office and introduction to Legal Aid; opposition to Legal Aid by Georgia Bar Association; Savannah Legal Aid office; relationship with W.W. Law and legal aid for African Americans; Clark as the father of Legal Aid in Georgia; E. Smythe Gambrell, Sr.; Legal Aid Committee; National Legal Aid Association; Young Lawyers; founding of Georgia Legal Services; Lester Maddox and the acceptance of Legal Aid funds from federal government; H. Sol Clark Award created by State Bar of Georgia, announced at Savannah meeting; awards won by Clark, Arthur Von Briesen Award; meeting of board of governors of the State Bar Association at the King and Prince Hotel, Saint Simons Island; passage of Legal Aid at Athens meeting; Gus Cleveland; Clark's son and the organization of Athens Legal Aid office, as president of Savannah Bar Association, and Clark's law partner; American Bar Association; King-Tisdell Cottage in Savannah; memories of W.W. Law; King- Tisdell Cottage fountain monument dedicated to W.W. Law; Savannah College of Art and Design; W.W. Law and relationship between whites and African-Americans in Savannah; West Broad Street Museum, once the Wage Earners Savings Bank; the New Deal and Great Society, little opposition in receiving funds; Jimmy Carter and encouragement of Legal Aid; Gov. Maddox and Legal Aid funds.

Subjects: Judaism | Race relations | Legal aid--Georgia | Racism in higher education | Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003 | Clark, H. Sol, 1906- | Georgia Bar Association
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Related Materials: Southern Labor Archives Collection | Clark, H. Sol, Interviewed by Clifford M. Kuhn, 28 December 2001, P2002-01, Series Q. Georgia Legal Services, Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta.
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