“Taller cotton than most men will ever see and the kind of cotton that most men would kill or die for, and somebody said that pimpin wasn’t easy.”
- Armstrong Prentice
Augusta, Georgia’s racial makeup has long been largely African American. Its African American citizens have contributed greatly to the rich tapestry of the city's history. Alongside these African Americans stands one man whose name is carved in Augusta’s rich history; the South’s first African American Senator since the Reconstruction era —Armstrong Prentice.
Augusta Nights: The Saga of Armstrong Prentice by author David K. Drew II tells of how Prentice painted the color of African American politics in the Southeast.
The one thing that didn’t fade was his influence; the people who were indebted to him, and his power. It was the kind of power that ordinary men would die for, and the wealth, wealth that had been accumulating for over three generations, old money, and money made from the sweat of black and white men alike, man sweat.
This book also chronicles Augusta, Georgia’s way of life—education, means of livelihood, housing, religion, and voting rights, among others.