For Immediate Release
Date: Nov. 17, 2014
The first phase of the W.W. Law photograph collection was opened to the public this morning during a news conference held at City Hall. Mayor Edna Branch Jackson, members of City Council and County Commission, City officials, former Mayor Otis Johnson, members of the W.W. Law Foundation, the NAACP, and other organizations attended the opening.
In March of this year, the City accepted the W. W. Law Collection as a donation from the W. W. Law Foundation in order to provide public access to this important community resource. The total collection represents the life and work of Westley Wallace “W. W.” Law (1923-2002), prominent Savannah Civil Rights leader, local historian, preservationist and community icon.
Phase I of the archival project included the cataloging and digitization of more than 1,000 visual items. The W. W. Law Photograph Collection includes photographs and images taken and collected by W. W. Law and his mother, Geneva Wallace Law. It is anticipated that the photograph collection will continue to grow as work on the larger collection continues.
Highlights of the collection include:
• Images of local NAACP meetings and events during the 1950s and 1960s;
• Views of historic local African American churches and structures;
• Documentation of restoration projects in Laurel Grove South Cemetery;
• Photographs documenting the establishment and activities of the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH), the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, the Beach Institute African American Cultural Center, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and the Negro Heritage Trail Tour;
• Images of African American families and community leaders of the Savannah area.
If you can provide additional identifying information on any of the images or want more information about the collection, please contact Luciana Spracher, Director of the Research Library & Municipal Archives, at (912) 651-6411 or Lspracher@savannahga.gov. The entire collection can be accessed online through the City’s Digital Image Catalog at www.savannahga.gov/Law.