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Blacks not faring well locally

There are no exchanges in Augusta now; all that's left of the Cotton Exchange is a museum. But Augusta does have a good-sized stock brokerage community, with about 100 brokers, at national and regional companies, independent ones and firms linked to banks. But in talking with workers in that community about the number of black brokers in Augusta, only one name kept popping up -- Thomas Edwards. Many in the brokerage arena said they would like to see more. They said the client market is there, but few blacks have approached their companies looking for jobs.