Whatley, Andrew A., 1941-1965
A 21-year-old white Americus, Georgia resident who was shot and killed 28 July 1965 by Eddie James Lamar and Charlie Lee Hopkins. Whatley, who had joined the Marines the week before, was on his way home from working at the movie theater and happened to be on a corner where white young men had been throwing rocks at African Americans. Lamar and Hopkins drove by and shot three times, killing Whatley. Whately's death greatly increased racial tensions in Americus.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection (Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection)
- Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of the state of community race relations including civil rights demonstrations, a funeral procession, and interviews in Americus, Georgia, 1965 July (Moving images)
- WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Lester Maddox promoting states' rights and segregation as he speaks to a white audience in Americus, Georgia, 1965 July 29 (Moving images)
- WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Lester Maddox speaking to a white audience, African Americans protest segregation, and newsman Tom Brokaw interviews mayor T. Griffin Walker in Americus, Georgia, 1965 July 29 (Moving images)