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Atlanta, Georgia
February 11, 1976
67 pages
Eplan Samuel Leon OHC.JPG

Samuel Leon Eplan was a major presence in the Atlanta Jewish community throughout his life. He was born in Atlanta into a large family of six brothers and three sisters. His brothers were also prominent in the Jewish community life. His father was initially a peddler and then a grocer. In an interesting aside, the Coca-Cola Company rented the floor above his father's store for storage. One night a barrel of syrup burst and ruined some of his father's stock. Asa Candler, the president of Coca-Cola, apologized and offered Sam's father Coca-Cola stock in lieu of dollar damages. Sam's father turned it down, saying "nobody was ever going to drink that drink"! Samuel Eplan discusses his childhood, his education in public schools, the Jewish relationship with Christians, and the nature of the Jewish neighborhoods. He did receive a Jewish education in day school and was bar mitzvahed. He also discusses Jewish self-help in the form of the Morris Plan Bank and Atlanta Free Loan Association. He attended the first class of the Emory Law School and joined a Jewish fraternity. He later went on to become a prominent attorney in Atlanta and discusses some of the Jewish law firms in the city and the impact of the Leo M. Frank case. He married Bess Abelson (Eplan). He was also active in all the Jewish clubs in the area and the Ahavath Achim congregation.

OHC-Samuel Leon Eplan

Samuel Leon Eplan (1896 - 1984) - Oral History

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