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Interview with Oliver W. Hill, Sr.

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Creator:Hill, Oliver W., 1907-2007
Title:Interview with Oliver W. Hill, Sr.
Date:2002 Nov. 13
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Oliver W. Hill, Sr., Virginia's leading Civil Rights attorney in the 20th century, represented the students in Prince Edward County in the Brown vs. Board of Education desegregation case. Born in Richmond in 1907, Hill earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University. Hill began practicing law in 1934, focusing on litigating Civil Right cases. He received national attention in 1948 when he was the first African American since Reconstruction elected to the Richmond City Council. At the age of 91 he retired from his Richmond law firm, Hill, Tucker and Marsh, after practicing law for nearly 60 years. In 1999, President Bill Clinton presented Hill with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He began practicing law in 1934, focusing on litigating Civil Right cases. Hill received national attention in 1948 when he was elected to the Richmond City Council and became its first African American since Reconstruction. At the age 91 he retired from his Richmond law firm, Hill, Tucker and Marsh, after practicing law for nearly 60 years. In 1999, President Bill Clinton presented Hill with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This interview was conducted November 13, 2002 at Mr. Hill's home in Richmond. Ronald E. Carrington, President of Media Consultants Global, Inc. of Richmond, was the director-producer of the video taping and interviewed the interviewees. Historian Dr. Betsy Brinson conducted preliminary oral interviews. The text of the oral history was transcribed by Halasz Reporting and Video, Richmond. Other editing by the staff of Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries.

Types:Moving images | Oral histories
Subjects:Hill, Oliver W., 1907-2007--Interviews | Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993 | Hale, Joe--Trials, litigation, etc. | Black, Aline, 1906-1974--Trials, litigation, etc. | Plessy, Homer Adolph--Trials, litigation, etc. | Ferguson, John H., judge--Trials, litigation, etc. | Houston, Charles Hamilton, 1895-1950 | African Americans--Virginia--Interviews | Civil rights movements--Virginia | United States--Race relations--History--20th century | African American civil rights workers--Virginia | Discrimination in education--Virginia | African Americans--Education--Virginia | Segregation in education--Virginia--Prince Edward County | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Intimidation--Virginia | White supremacy movements--Virginia | African Americans--Suffrage--Virginia | Discrimination in employment--Virginia | Howard University. School of Law | African American lawyers--Virginia | African American law schools--Washington (D.C.) | Segregation--Law and legislation--United States | NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund | Government, Resistance to--Virginia--History--20th century | School integration--Massive resistance movement--Virginia | Criminal justice, Administration of--Virginia | Virginia | Prince Edward County (Va.)
Collection:Voices of Freedom: The Virginia Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Contributors:Carrington, Ronald E. | Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries | Virginia Civil Rights Movement Video Initiative
Persistent Link to Item:http://dig.library.vcu.edu/u?/voices,5