It is with great sadness that we report the tragic death of musician, disability rights activist, wheelchair rider and Whirlwind supporter
Frank Barham who was killed on May 20th during his 302-mile ADA 25th Anniversary roll from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia.
With only 30 miles left to go and almost a day ahead of schedule, the escort car following Frank was rear ended by a gasoline-laden tractor trailer,
the impact causing the van to slam into Frank. Also killed was Margaret Kargbo, called “a shining presence on Atlanta’s arts scene” and
“one of Atlanta’s promising young art professionals and community activists” who was a passenger in the escort van.
Frank was following the route that General Sherman took as he burned a swath on his famed Civil War “March to the Sea. “
As Frank told us last December, “I would like to ‘burn’ the minimizing attitudes that continue to haunt and limit people with disabilities.
However, this time, the ‘fire’ will be my music, the ADA Legacy Tour, and a sheer determination to help my brothers and sisters with disabilities.”
Frank was raising funds to provide RoughRider wheelchairs to low-income Americans.