Dixie Hills, Atlanta

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Dixie Hills is a neighborhood of southwest Atlanta with a population of 1,756 (2010).[1]

It is bordered:[2]

  • on the north by Joseph E. Boone Blvd., across which are Center Hill and Grove Park
  • on the east by Whitaker Circle and Anderson Ave., across which are West Lake
  • on the south by I-20 across which is Florida Heights; and Penelope Neighbors
  • on the west by the Harvel Homes Community and Westhaven

History[edit]

In 1960, Donald "Doc" Miller opened Miller's Dixie Hills Pharmacy. In 1965 he moved his business to what is now called South Downtown and changed the name to Miller's Rexall Drugs,[3] today a quirky landmark known for its selection of hoodoo supplies.

In 1967, Atlanta historian Franklin Garrett described Dixie Hills as a small area of "small, neat, middle-class homes" of African Americans; "near the edge lies a large, low-rent, privately owned apartment complex which curves around a small shopping center". There were no swimming pools or shade trees or entertainment facilities.[4] After a riot in June 1967,[5] the city dedicated resources to build a path to Anderson Park, a baseball diamond and shower stalls;[4] and to repairing streets and improving health inspections.[5]

Government[edit]

Dixie Hills lies in NPU J.

Parks[edit]

  • Anderson Park[2]

Schools[edit]

  • Turner Middle School[2]

People[edit]

Atlanta Child Murders prime suspect Wayne Williams was born and raised in Dixie Hills. Many of the victims disappeared from the neighborhood.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 33°45′32″N 84°27′07″W / 33.759°N 84.452°W / 33.759; -84.452