“The buildings may tumble, our bodies will decay, but the history and the memories will live on…and, hopefully, multiply.” —James Vaughn Paschal, April 10, 2003
A West Hunter Street feature was its closeness to the Atlanta University Center. AU Center students, parents, professors, even the presidents and staff, joined the out-of-town throngs and others in the Atlanta community who began to make West Hunter Street the second hallowed quarter for mingling and testifying. Soon, Paschal’s became the eating and meeting place. As we progressed and expanded, the AU Center college community became our friends and customers, and they would bring their out-of-town guests. We were commended for our quality of service, comfort, cultural leadership and customer safety. Little known to us at the time, Dr. Ralph David Abernathy later would refer to Paschal’s as “The Place” and, during the Civil Rights Movement, describe West Hunter as “probably the most important street in Black America”. We had not planned it that way. It just happened. Robert and I simply wanted to help to support the Movement. And, as the fight for justice and civil rights grew, our own history moved us into taking a firm stand and a commitment to action.