THE SOUTH: Fire Her! Fire Her!

For four months, blonde, Tampa-born Dr. Deborah Coggins, 32, served as the first woman health officer of Florida's Madison. Taylor and Jefferson counties. One day last August, she was consulting with Ethel Kirkland, who is in charge of the Florida State Board of Health's mid wife training program. Dr. Coggins suggested that they carry on business over their lunch. Because Ethel Kirkland is a Negro, Dr. Coggins carefully asked the manager of the Madison Hotel (allwhite) restaurant if they could use a private room; the manager did not object, and neither did...

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