Interview with Willie Hull, Part 2, March 20, 2023

Collection: Athens Oral History Project

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Content Warning: This interview contains references to police brutality and murder.

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 briefly talks about his family, then discusses the death of Edward Wright who was killed by Athens-Clarke County Police in 1995. He highlights his role and the role of Lay Park in the aftermath, and how they managed to keep peace in Athens.





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91 minutes


Willie Hull and William Breeding, “Interview with Willie Hull, Part 2, March 20, 2023,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed June 23, 2024,