Tennis courts at Daffin Park named after former Savannah Mayor Malcolm Maclean

(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A historical sign and plaque will now be in place in downtown to honor one of Savannah's former mayor's.

The Malcolm Maclean Tennis Courts at Daffin Park held a dedication ceremony Monday.

Maclean was a lawyer and mayor of Savannah from 1960-1966. He helped to peacefully integrate the city in 1963, well ahead of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"His engagement with civil rights leaders like W.W. Law  and Eugene Gadsen...the city, piece by piece, peacefully integrated in the summer of 1963, well before any other southern city and before the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964," said Wade Herring, Hunter/Maclean Law Firm.

The ceremony was a testament to his love of the city and his love of tennis.

"Tennis courts represent a lot of his life, he was always working very hard for his law firm and the city. Whenever he had a chance to break away it was Tennis that gave him the balance. He loved playing this would have been a wonderful day and he would have loved it," said John MacLean.

Before he was mayor, Maclean served as Assistant City Attorney and Alderman, as well as a partner in the Hunter-Maclean Law firm in Savannah.

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