The first phase of the W.W. Law photograph collection was opened to the public Monday morning at City Hall.
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 the collection, representing the life and work of Westley Wallace “W. W.” Law (1923-2002), prominent Civil Rights leader and preservationist.
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.
The entire collection can be accessed online through the City’s Digital Image Catalog at www.savannahga.gov/Law
Former Mayor Otis Johnson peruses some of the W.W. Law collection