Seller Story: Rose Dawson, Atlanta, GA


“My parents, Harold and Rose, were born in 1934 and ’35, respectively, and experienced segregation firsthand. And yet they really engendered in my brother and me a love of all humankind. They also taught us to be tenacious, resilient, and to stick up for ourselves.

My father worked in real estate: he was involved with University Plaza Apartments, the first luxury mid-rise building in Atlanta’s black community, and Harris Manor subdivision, which was pretty famous for helping to bring down Peyton Wall, which had been built in an attempt to separate Atlanta’s black and white communities.

He had lots of firsts: he was the first African-American to serve on the Georgia Real Estate Commission, and the first and only black president of the National Association of Real Estate License Law Officials. He was also President of the Empire Real Estate Board, known today as the Empire Board of Realtists (EBR), from 1970-1972. The EBR’s mission was for minorities to have the right to live in a place of their choice and to sell in a place of their choice.

My mother was the same way: she was the first special education teacher to teach out in Buckhead, a primarily white, elite area in Atlanta. My mom was a speech and language pathologist, and it wasn’t lost on some people that here was this black woman going to a white school to teach white children how to speak properly.

And so I think it helped us to be very comfortable being the first. My brother and I both went to Harvard and Princeton; we find ourselves in our own lives being the first at things, and being the only one, and being very comfortable. It’s not lost on us that we are role models for younger generations of minorities. I won’t say it comes easily, but it comes naturally." — Cari Dawson, daughter

Seller Story: Rose Dawson, Atlanta, GA
Seller Story: Rose Dawson, Atlanta, GA
Vintage Embellished Handbags Including La Regale

Vintage Embellished Handbags Including La Regale

Final Bid:
$95
14K Yellow Gold Diamond Pendant Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Pendant Necklace

Final Bid:
$648
2000 Jaguar S Type Sedan

2000 Jaguar S Type Sedan

Final Bid:
$4,050
Artisan Pattern Elephant Figurines

Artisan Pattern Elephant Figurines

Final Bid:
$50
Vintage Pop, Jazz and R&B Records

Vintage Pop, Jazz and R&B Records

Final Bid:
$170
Oscar de la Renta Wool Hat With Cheetah Print Brim

Oscar de la Renta Wool Hat With Cheetah Print Brim

Final Bid:
$54
Andre Thompson Limited Edition Offset Lithograph "This Too Shall Pass"

Andre Thompson Limited Edition Offset Lithograph "This Too Shall Pass"

Final Bid:
$45
Carol Horn Workshop Sequin Embroidered Vests

Carol Horn Workshop Sequin Embroidered Vests

Final Bid:
$15
Lillie Rubin Silk and Wool Blend Suit

Lillie Rubin Silk and Wool Blend Suit

Final Bid:
$17
Pair of Chinese Satsuma Style Ceramic Vases

Pair of Chinese Satsuma Style Ceramic Vases

Final Bid:
$30
Manolo Blahnik Slingbacks

Manolo Blahnik Slingbacks

Final Bid:
$152
Signed "Beyond the Timberline" by T.M. Alexander

Signed "Beyond the Timberline" by T.M. Alexander

Final Bid:
$300
Collection of Maya Angelou and African American Experience Books

Collection of Maya Angelou and African American Experience Books

Final Bid:
$60
Framed Watercolor Painting of Young Woman

Framed Watercolor Painting of Young Woman

Final Bid:
$55
Oscar de la Renta Straw Hat

Oscar de la Renta Straw Hat

Final Bid:
$31
Royal Gallery China Set Featuring "Gold Buffet" Pattern

Royal Gallery China Set Featuring "Gold Buffet" Pattern

Final Bid:
$150
Oscar de la Renta Felted Beaver Hat

Oscar de la Renta Felted Beaver Hat

Final Bid:
$60
Kohler & Campbell Console Piano

Kohler & Campbell Console Piano

Final Bid:
$375
Morehouse College Gala Offset Lithograph Poster After Charles A. Bibbs's "From the Dark to the Light"

Morehouse College Gala Offset Lithograph Poster After Charles A. Bibbs's "From the Dark to the Light"

Final Bid:
$425
Kenyan Carved Wood Figurines Including Work by Dawson

Kenyan Carved Wood Figurines Including Work by Dawson

Final Bid:
$51
Isaac Hayes, Barry White and Other Vintage Soul, R&B LPs

Isaac Hayes, Barry White and Other Vintage Soul, R&B LPs

Final Bid:
$160
Signed Copy of "It's Not Over Until You Win" by Les Brown

Signed Copy of "It's Not Over Until You Win" by Les Brown

Final Bid:
$20
Cappelli and Harriet Rosebud Hats

Cappelli and Harriet Rosebud Hats

Final Bid:
$65
Full-Length Dark Brown Marten Fur Coat

Full-Length Dark Brown Marten Fur Coat

Final Bid:
$280
Gouache Painting on Papyrus After the Tomb of Nakht

Gouache Painting on Papyrus After the Tomb of Nakht

Final Bid:
$30
A Selection of Animal Themed Decor to Include Two Soapstone Carvings

A Selection of Animal Themed Decor to Include Two Soapstone Carvings

Final Bid:
$22
West African Style Dundun Hand Drum

West African Style Dundun Hand Drum

Final Bid:
$41
Stetson 4X Beaver Hat

Stetson 4X Beaver Hat

Final Bid:
$61
H. Charpentier Original Mixed Media Painting "Martinique"

H. Charpentier Original Mixed Media Painting "Martinique"

Final Bid:
$22
Harriet Rosebud Woven Hat

Harriet Rosebud Woven Hat

Final Bid:
$9
10K and 14K Yellow Gold Emerald Pendant Necklace

10K and 14K Yellow Gold Emerald Pendant Necklace

Final Bid:
$160
Vintage Soul, Jazz and R&B Records

Vintage Soul, Jazz and R&B Records

Final Bid:
$160
Signed Oil Painting of Abstract Composition

Signed Oil Painting of Abstract Composition

Final Bid:
$22
Women's Mr. John Classic and Cappelli Brim Hats

Women's Mr. John Classic and Cappelli Brim Hats

Final Bid:
$37
Collection of Grecian Inspired Ceramic Decor

Collection of Grecian Inspired Ceramic Decor

Final Bid:
$85
Brown Pawed Mink Fur Coat

Brown Pawed Mink Fur Coat

Final Bid:
$301
Oscar de la Renta Starched Straw Hat

Oscar de la Renta Starched Straw Hat

Final Bid:
$37
Signed Copy of "Founding Mothers" by Cokie Roberts

Signed Copy of "Founding Mothers" by Cokie Roberts

Final Bid:
$47
Haitian Wood Carvings of Romantic Couples

Haitian Wood Carvings of Romantic Couples

Final Bid:
$76
Wool Felt Hats Including B Michael New York

Wool Felt Hats Including B Michael New York

Final Bid:
$26
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Seller Story: Rose Dawson, Atlanta, GA

And beyond the activism they did, your parents also loved fashion, and fun, and entertaining!

My mom really loved fashion and clothes. For example, her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated, used to always host the Ebony Fashion Show. In some ways it has its own civil rights roots, because the mainstream fashion houses wouldn’t do fashion shows for African-American communities. And so the communities started doing their own fashion shows. Some of those came out of churches, but Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated would do their own, and the money raised would go to scholarships.

What about the records in the collection?

My parents really liked to entertain; it was always a house that had fun in it. A lot of the music is music my parents would listen and dance to, even if there was nobody around. My dad would put on some music and dance with my mom, and I would watch my parents dance together in the den or the kitchen.

I understand the elephant art and objects are also your mother’s?

One of the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated collected elephants, originally just because they were a sign of good luck, so that became the unofficial symbol of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. My mom pledged Delta when she was at Morris Brown College, and she was a very proud member. (A “soror” is a community service organization.) She started collecting elephants as part of her love of the sorority, so she would buy elephants and get elephants and wear elephants. It’s all a display of the dedication of love to the sorority she loved so much.