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“City’s Record Greeting Given to Roosevelt,” November 30, 1935


(The following article is from the Nov. 30, 1935 issue of the Atlanta Journal.)

City’s Record Greeting Given to Roosevelt

by Ed H. Bradley

Atlanta was simmering down to normal again Saturday after one of the most important and historical events in its annals—the tumultous [sic] and heart-warming home-coming celebration Friday, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was acclaimed by uncounted thousands of southern Democrats who flocked here from all over Georgia and adjacent states.

Never before has Atlanta entertained such a host of visitors as thronged the city to welcome the leader of the New Deal and to manifest their confidence in him.

More than 50,000 people braved a piercing northwest wind to hear him deliver an address at Grant Field [introduced by Senator Walter F. George, who in turn, was introduced by Senator Richard B. Russell, master of ceremonies] in which he promised still further progress along the road to economic recovery, gradual reduction of the national budget, and continued consideration for the welfare of the masses of the people.

Broadcast by radio over two coast-to-coast networks, the President’s address was heard in every city and hamlet throughout the country. Thousands of visitors to the home-coming celebration, somewhat awed by the chilly weather propsect at Grant Field, flocked around out-door loud-speakers set up at various points in Atlanta and other thousands listened to the broadcast from radios in their homes and in business establishments throughout the city.

From the time the President, driving up from Warm Springs, reached fort McPherson, the point of entry into the city, he rode between walls of cheering humanity that lined the curbs throughout his entire route through Atlanta. His progress through the downtown section, on out to Piedmont Park, where he received the greetings of thousands of school children, to Grant Field and thence to Atlanta University, was a triumphal march unprecedented in the history of the city.

Before entering the huge stadium at Georgia Tech, the President paused at the intersection of North Avenue and Techwood Drive to unveil a marker at the $2,875,000 Techwood Housing Project. After his address he visited the University Housing Project near Atlanta University and was greeted by thousands of negro school-children assembled there to welcome him.

Shortly thereafter he was the luncheon guest of Major General George Van Horn Moseley, commander of the Fourth Corps Area at Fort McPherson, and left about 4 o’clock on the return trip to the Little White House at Warm Springs.

Mrs. Roosevelt, who accompanied him to the home-coming celebration, was entertained at luncheon after the Grant Field address by the Democratic women of Georgia.

The enormous crowd that packed Atlanta throughout the day was handled in such splendid fashion, thanks to the careful preparations made by the various committees in charge, that not the slightest confusion or disorder occurred at any juncture. Every member of the Atlanta Police Department was on duty throughout the day, along with detachments of police officers from many cities throughout the state, deputy United States marshals and more than 200 regulars from the Twenty-second United States Infantry at Fort McPherson.

Emergency traffic regulations, worked out with military precision, served to control the situation with remarkable efficiency, so that the vital problem of traffic control was solved with perfect satisfaction.

In tribute to the effective work done by those in charge of arrangements, Mayor James L. Key was host Friday night at a complimentary dinner [at the Capital City Club] to Earl Cock, general chairman of arrangements. All who aided in handling the various phases of the celebration came in for war commendation from the members of the Georgia delegation in Congress, official hosts to the President.

Atlanta Journal, Nov. 30, 1935