Featured Report: Servicemen Slain on Atlanta Streetcars

As covered in the Boston Globe and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CRRJ’s latest report, “Servicemen Slain on Streetcars by Motormen with Guns,” tells the stories of Madison Harris and Walter Lee Johnson. The two WWII veterans survived the war, but not the public transportation system in post-war Atlanta, Georgia. Both men were killed by motormen carrying guns under the police powers given to conductors and motormen of the segregated public transportation of the American South. This report explores both the personal stories and the legal narratives that underlie these injustices, focusing on the role of motormen with police powers as part of the Jim Crow framework. This timely report comes as the streetcar system returns to Atlanta, almost sixty years after the deaths of Madison Harris and Walter Lee Johnson.

Read more about Madison Harris and Walter Lee Johnson.

Read the full-length essay about their cases: “Servicemen Slain on Streetcars by Motormen with Guns”