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October: Moments in Hunter Hills History

October 19th, 1941 - The Atlanta Constitution reports Mrs. LL Shreve sold her parcel of land in the NW corner of Holly and Simpson (a white subdivision in Grove Park known as Coursey) to Mr. John L. Atkinson, a Tuskegee Airman. This sale would prove to be both contentious and monumental. . . going all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court. It was claimed that Coursey subdivision owners would not "sell, convey, lease, or donate said lots to a negro, a person of any degree of negro blood;" that this was a covenant running with the land; that it was provided in their deeds that it should "be kept by the parties of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever" But Mr. John L. Atkinson would not be deterred. Stay tuned

October 28th, 1960 - Hunter Hill Baptist Church at 166 Edwards Street is destroyed by fire. Services were temporarily moved to E.C. Clement Elementary School on Holly Road (E.C. Clement Elementary is now Kingdom Hall)

October 10th, 1970 - Rev. Samuel (Billye) Williams passes away unexpectedly from surgical complications at 58 years of age.

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays said of Rev. Williams: "He inherited a good mind and he used it for good and constructive deeds."

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