John Wesley Dobbs
John Wesley Dobbs (March 26, 1882 – August 30, 1961) was a civic and political leader in Atlanta. He was often referred to as the unofficial "Mayor of Auburn Avenue." Dobbs co-founded the Atlanta Negro Voters League with civil rights attorney A.T. Walden, leading voter registration efforts that registered 20,000 African Americans in Atlanta from 1936-1946. His new political power led to the hiring of the first eight African-American police officers in Atlanta in 1948, the same year that the federal government began to integrate the armed services. In 1949, Dobbs was instrumental in getting the city to install lighting along Auburn Avenue, the main retail street of the African-American community. He came up with the name, "Sweet Auburn," to refer to the area.