Interviewing Mayor Wood at City Hall.
For episode 6, I interviewed my hometown's longtime mayor. When Mayor Jere Wood grew up in Roswell, it was a sleepy little village of just 3,000 people. Jere spend his youth in the outdoors exploring and hunting. Today, Roswell is a vibrant city of over 95,000 residents. It could be easy to underestimate Mayor Wood and associate him with an "old south." However, I was blown away by just how forward-minded he can be.
“The Roswell I grew up in was segregated. The KKK burned a cross at the ball field. It was a divided city. There was no diversity. It was a boring city. It was a city that I wouldn’t be proud of today. So, we can talk about what a wonderful place it was to grow up as a child, but it had real problems.”
— Mayor Jere Wood, 14:37
He went on to talk about the real progress Roswell has made