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Mary J. Blackburn Letter and Account Statement

Identifier: ahc.MSS33f

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a letter and account statement from John J. Woodside, a rental agent. The letter is from John J. Woodside to R. B. Blackburn, dated August 18, 1899, and pertains to the account balance of Mrs. Mary J. Blackburn’s rental properties. The account statement for Mrs. Blackburn’s properties in Atlanta lists the tenants, property addresses at 196 North Butler Street and 53 First Street, monthly rates and amounts paid for August and September 1899.


  • 1899


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Mary Johnson Blackburn (1871-1957) was born to William and Permelia Johnson in 1871 in Bronwood, Georgia. The Johnson family moved to Atlanta and Mary attended Girls High School. In November 1895, Mary Johnson married Robert B. Blackburn. Robert Blackburn worked as an attorney and served in the Georgia Legislature for seventeen years. In 1899, Mary owned many rental properties in Atlanta. In the early 1900s, Mary wrote columns for the Atlanta Constitution. In addition, she enjoyed painting and poetry. In 1924, she wrote the book, Folk Lore from Mammy Days, an anthology of African American poetry and songs. She was a member of many civic clubs including: Daughters of the American Revolution; the United Daughters of the Confederacy; the Uncle Remus Memorial Association; the Atlanta Pioneer Women Society and the Atlanta Writer’s Club. Mary Johnson Blackburn died on February 28, 1957 and was buried in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.


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Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2007
Mary J. Blackburn Letter and Account Statement, 1899ahc.MSS 33F
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
June 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305