Dorothy Barnes Pelote
Dorothy Barnes Pelote (December 30, 1929 – January 18, 2015) was a member of the Georgia State House of Representatives.
Born December 30, 1929, Lancaster, South Carolina; daughter of Abraham Barnes and Ethel Green; married Maceo R (deceased); children: Deborah Pelote Allen & Miriam Pelote HeywardPrior to entering politics, Barnes Pelote, who has African-American heritage and is African Methodist Episcopalian, was a school teacher. She died on January 18, 2015 surrounded by her family at her Savannah, Georgia home at the age of 85.
A Democrat, she then served as Chatham County Commissioner. In 1992, she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives for a two-year term and was re-elected four times. She represented the Savannah-based 149th Representative District.
Barnes Pelote was noted for her efforts to promote public awareness of the dangers of ovarian cancer, as well as for proposing more unusual legislative proposals. She introduced a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to answer the door naked.
"Former Savannah Georgia, legislator Dorothy Pelote became a fierce advocate for black Florida and Georgia residents whose communities were visited by swarms of disease-carrying mosquitoes released by the CIA during the 1950s and 1960s. CIA documents suggest that scientists in the MK-ULTRA Project experimented with such biological exposures in black communities in order to determine whether such releases would be effective against foreign enemies." Reference-Medical Apartheid, by Harriet A. Washington, 2006.
Carver Heights (Savannah, GA) Community Service Award, 1981-82; Rep Roy Allen Award, 1982; Minority Women of the Year, Zeta Phi Beta, 1984; Dorothy Pelote Day City Savannah & Chatham County,1985.
Special Achievements: First Female elected County Commissioner Chairman Pro Tem; one of the first Black females to be elected to the Chatham County Commission; State Board Postsecondary Vocational Educator by appointment of the Governor GA selected Vice President Black Caucus Asn County Commission GA; Testimonial Banquet by Constituents of Eighth Comn District
- Dorothy Barnes Pelote-obituary
- Charles S. Bullock, III, The Georgia Political Almanac, The General Assembly 1993–94
- Representative Dorothy Pelote (D-149), Georgia House of Representatives
- Dave Williams, "Knock, knock. Who's there? No nakedness", Online Atlanta, January 15, 2002.
- 2002 Golden Sleaze Awards, Michael Wall, April 17, 2002.
- House Resolution 1195 – Designate Dorothy Barnes Pelote Bridge; Chatham County, Georgia General Assembly, February 2, 2006.
|Georgia House of Representatives|
Roy Allen (D)
|Georgia State Representative from 149th district