Walter Lee Johnson

Location(s): Atlanta, Georgia

Decade: 1940s

On September 28, 1946, 22 year old veteran Walter Lee Johnson was shot by W.D. Lee, a motorman employed by the Georgia Power Company, on a streetcar in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. Johnson succumbed to his injuries the following morning. Three weeks later, Judge A.W. Callaway of the Recorder’s Court ruled that the killing was a “justifiable homicide.” The collection includes news articles, NAACP files, Census and Ancestry records, Georgia Power Company Directory, Madison Harris’s death certificate, Walter Lee Johnson’s death certificate; and CRRJ student Alex Cherup’s essay, “Servicemen Slain on Streetcars by Motormen with Guns: A Legal History and Analysis of the Killings of Veterans Walter Lee Johnson and Madison Harris.”

The collection includes: Boston Globe feature story about the case and CRRJ, “Northeastern University students uncover forgotten killings from the Jim Crow era” December 20, 2014.

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