Madison Harris

Location(s): Atlanta, Georgia

Decade: 1940s

On April 10, 1946, 22 year-old veteran Madison Harris was shot by T.H. Purl, a motorman on a Hunter Street car in Atlanta, Georgia. Purl was charged with disorderly conduct and released on bail. Judge A.W. Calloway of the Recorders Court ruled the case a “justifiable homicide” on May 18, 1946.

The collection includes: a Boston Globe feature story about the cases of Madison Harris and Walter Lee Johnson, both veterans who were shot by streetcar motormen. (“Northeastern University students uncover forgotten killings from Jim Crow era, December 20, 2014.) The collection also includes other news articles; NAACP files; Census and Ancestry records; Georgia Power Company Directory; Madison Harris’s death certificate; Walter Lee Johnson’s death certificate; Southern Regional Council Finding List; and CRRJ Student Alex Cherup’s essay, “Sevicemen Slain on Street cars by Motormen with Guns: A Legal History and analysis of the Killings of Veterans Walter Lee Johnson and Madison Harris.”

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