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Dents broke political race barrier

...of office and became the first black elected official of any city government in Georgia since Reconstruction. Richard Algernon Dent, often called "Papa Dent," in 1966 became the first black person elected from Richmond County to the Georgia...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/07/14/met_265565.shtml
Metro
Benjamin L. Dent and Richard A. Dent

...sense was legendary, and he successfully operated a furniture store on what became Laney-Walker Boulevard. Richard Algernon Dent, often called "Papa Dent," in 1966 became the first black person elected from Richmond County to the Georgia...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/01/01/op_277124.shtml
Opinion columns
6 who led the way

...information director for Richmond County Schools. FIRST BLACK STATE LEGISLATOR FOR AUGUSTA SINCE RECONSTRUCTION: Richard Algernon Dent, who Mr. Rogers said was affectionately known as "Papa."

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/01/19/met_508230.shtml
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