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Madeline White (Harrison)

Also Known As: "King"
Death: Died in Atlanta, Fulton, GA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Augustus Ware and Maria Harrison
Wife of Marshall Ney King and George W. White
Mother of George White; Alice Glenn; Olive M. Westmoreland; Walter Francis White; Ruby White and 2 others

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About Madeline White


Walter White was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 1, 1893. He was one of the seven children (he had five sisters and one brother) of George White, a Post Office employee, and his wife Madeline Harrison White. He completed high school in 1912 and entered Atlanta University, from which he graduated in 1916. While an undergraduate he had a variety of part-time jobs and was at one time a hotel porter. He later became an insurance salesman for the black-owned, Atlanta-based Standard Life Insurance Company. After graduation, White became a full-time clerk with that company. White was an active and energetic member of the Atlanta branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.), which he served as secretary. Through his work for that organization he became acquainted with James Weldon Johnson, then Field Secretary and National Organizer for the Association. It was on Johnson's recommendation and at his urging that White consented to become one of the Associate Secretaries of the N.A.A.C.P. He served in this capacity from 1918 to 1929. White married one of the Association's office secretaries, Leah Gladys Powell, in 1922. During the twenties White became famous for his first-hand investigations of lynching, which he conducted by posing as a white man. He also published two novels, Fire in the Flint (1924) and Flight (1926), and an exposé of lynching, Rope and Faggot, A Biography of Judge Lynch (1928). Source: Repository:

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library P. O. Box 208240 New Haven, CT 06520-8240 Email: Phone: (203) 432-2972 Fax: (203) 432-4047

Call Number: JWJ MSS 38 Creator: White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955. Title: Walter Francis White and Poppy Cannon papers Dates: circa 1910-1956 Physical Description: 20.85 linear feet (44 boxes, including 4 oversize boxes) Summary: The Walter White and Poppy Cannon Papers document the careers and lives of Walter White and Poppy Cannon and span the dates 1910 to 1956. The Papers contain correspondence, writings, other papers, and photographs documenting Walter White's career as the Secretary for the N.A.A.C.P. and as a writer. Poppy Cannon's career as an editor, writer, and publicity consultant is also documented in the Papers.

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Georgia Deaths, 1919-98 about Madeline White

Name: Madeline White Death Date: 18 Jul 1940 County of Death: Fulton Gender: F (Female) Race: Colored (Black) Age: 78 Years Certificate: 17587

Source Citation: Certificate Number: 17587.

Source Information: Georgia Deaths, 1919-98 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.

Original data: State of Georgia. Indexes of Vital Records for Georgia: Deaths, 1919-1998. Georgia, USA: Georgia Health Department, Office of Vital Records, 1998.
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Madeline White's Timeline

July 1883
Age 19
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
May 1887
Age 23
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
November 1889
Age 25
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
July 1, 1893
Age 29
Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia
January 1897
Age 33
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
March 1899
Age 35
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
Age 37
Atlanta, Fulton, GA, USA
July 18, 1940
Age 76
Atlanta, Fulton, GA