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Former Georgia Gov. Maddox Dies at 87

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Former Georgia Gov. Maddox Dies at 87

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Former Georgia Gov. Maddox Dies at 87

Former Georgia Gov. Maddox Dies at 87

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Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox dies of pneumonia at age 87. During the civil rights era, Maddox fought for segregation, becoming famous in the 1960s for closing his fried chicken restaurant to avoid serving blacks. He remained vocal after leaving office, speaking out against homosexuality in 1993. Hear Merle Black of Emory University.