Tragedy In The South:
The Winecoff Hotel Fire of 1946
A documentary depicting the horror of our country's deadliest hotel fire.

"Surely there's a heaven for folks that die this way..."
--Lee Roy Abernathy

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The History of the Hotel Fire

1. Hotel's Origins

2. Night of The Fire

3. Tragic Design

4. Firefighting Efforts

5. Boys From Rome

6. Accident or Arson

6. Fire Changes Codes

8. After The Fire

9. Winecoff Today

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The Four Boys From Rome

James "Buzz" Slatton, 16

Slatton, a trumpet player and member of the school's marching band, aspired to be the Govenor of Georgia and had been chosen as "Clerk of The House" at the Georgia Youth Assembly they were to attend the morning after the fire.

 

Charles Wilkes Keith, 15

Wilkes was the Circulation Manager of the Rome High School newspaper and Senior Class Historian and served as reporter for the Assembly. He also held offices in the Commercial and Radio clubs and, like the other boys, was considered to have a very bright future.

 

George "Billy" Walden, 16

Walden was a star athlete for the Rome High School Football team, President of the Hi-Y Club (which was sponsoring the Assembly), president of the Youth Fellowship and his church's Sunday School. He also served as secretary of the French Club.

 

Dallas Lamar Brown, Jr, 16

Brown was a champion badminton player and avid stamp collector. He had called his parent hours before the fire and was told, as a precaution, to pin his money into the inside of his pajamas. It was the discovery of this money in his pocket that helped identify his body.

 

 


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