Interview with Willie Hull, Part 1, February 27, 2023

Collection: Athens Oral History Project

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Willie Hull was born in Hull, Georgia in 1949 and moved to Athens in 1958, giving him childhood experiences in both rural and urban areas. After graduating from Burney-Harris High School in 1967, Hull participated in several Civil Rights protests in the late 60s, pushing for the proper integration of schools in Athens. Hull was the second-oldest of 12 children and grew up taking care of and organizing his younger siblings, leading to his career in community recreation. He served as Director of Lay Park for 38 years before retiring. In this interview, Hull discusses the differences in his upbringing in Hull versus Athens and the racism he experienced in Athens. He then goes on to talk about the progression of his career, from volunteering to retirement after 38 years as director.





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137 minutes


Willie Hull and William Breeding, “Interview with Willie Hull, Part 1, February 27, 2023,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed June 23, 2024,