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                               ELAINE LEVIN

DATE:                       NOVEMBER 10, 1980

                                JULY 1, 1990


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Cecil Alexander was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1918 to Cecil Alexander Sr. and Julia Moses Alexander. He was a renowned architect and was active in the social and political life of the Atlanta community during the Civil Rights era. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Universities. Cecil was active in Atlanta city planning and growth and designed the new state flag of Georgia. He was married to Hermoine Weil Alexander until 1983 when she was killed in a car accident. After her death, he remarried Helen Eisemann. He and Hermoine had four children: Judith Alexander Augustine, Douglas Alexander, and Therese Alexander Milkey.

Scope of Interview

Cecil discusses his ancestors dating back to 1760 and his early life in Atlanta.  He talks about his work as an architect and his eventual retirement.  Cecil discusses his involvement in city planning and the Civil Rights Movement and the changes in Atlanta over his lifetime. He recalls the 1983 car crash that killed his wife, Hermoine Weil Alexander, and the impact it had on him.  He also discusses his second marriage to Helen Eiseman Alexander.

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