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07/29/03

Law's Legacy One Year Later

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One year ago, Savannah lost someone special when civil rights leader and historian Wesley Wallace Law died. Today, some are working to keep his legacy alive. Several organizations have been very busy trying to preserve the many places where WW Law left his mark.

Law wanted nothing more than to make the community in which he lived a better place. As a civil rights leader, he helped bring a segregated Savannah to an end and made sure future generations knew about the struggle.

"He was just adamant about us knowing and preserving our history," said former Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum director Velma McKenzie. "He thought it was a critical part of who we are."

Since his passing, Law's legacy is being continued at the museum. The library is being expanded, adding on to what Law started many years ago.

"We have gotten a lot of funding," said the museum's Laura B. Wadell. "If he was here he would be proud to know what has happened in a years time since he's been gone."

There's also plans to turn his home into a museum of sorts. "The preservation and research center would provide a permanent location for the continuation of his work, and it would also be a location to continue to research and preserve the history of Savannah, specifically African-Americans," explained McKenzie.

"He wanted you to know how to be proud of your community and one thing he would always say, if one of us did not succeed, none of us would succeed," added Wadell.

Wesley Wallace Law was 79 years old when he died.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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