W.W.(Westley Wallace) Law speech and transcriptions
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W.W.(Westley Wallace) Law speech and transcriptions

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Law, W. W., (Westley Wallace), 1923-2002.
Title: W.W.(Westley Wallace) Law speech and transcriptions
Dates: 1984 October 27
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 1670

Biographical/Historical Note

W.W.(Westley Wallace) Law (1923-2002) was born in Savannah on January 1, 1923 and grew up on the west side of Savannah. He attended Savannah public schools and graduated from Georgia State College (now Savannah State University) with a bachelor's degree in biology. By profession, Law was a letter carrier for the post office for 44 years, ending his career in 1990. Law was active in local civil rights activism, serving as President of the Savannah Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1950 to 1976, as well as organizing and participating in voter registration drives, sit-ins, demonstrations, and boycotts. He was also active in history education and historic preservation, helping to create Savannah's Negro Heritage Trail, aiding with the creation of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and negotiating the restoration of the King-Tisdell Cottage in the formerly African American middle-class Beach Institute neighborhood.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a transcribed speech given by W.W. Law on October 27, 1984 at a retirement banquet for Lieutenant John A. White, one of the first African American police officers in Savannah. The speech primarily discusses voting rights and political affairs concerning African American Savannahians during the twentieth century, but Law also gives a sketch of what life was like in the African American business community on West Broughton Street.

Index Terms

African Americans--Georgia--Savannah.
Civil rights--Georgia--Savannah.
Law enforcement--Georgia--Savannah.
Law, W. W., (Westley Wallace), 1923-2002.
Voter registration--Georgia.
White, John A., b. 1926.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

Audiocassette restricted. Researchers must refer to the transcription.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification],W.W.(Westley Wallace) Law speech and transcriptions, MS 1670, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11Audiotape, 1984 October 27.


2First transcription, 1984. View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items


3Transcription corrected by W. W. Law, 2001.