Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 001 Homer Wilson interviewed by Alexander StephensAthens Oral History Project, AOHP 001 Homer Wilson interviewed by Alexander Stephens

Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 001 Homer Wilson interviewed by Alexander Stephens

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 001 Homer Wilson interviewed by Alexander Stephens
Creator: Stephens, Alexander Maxwell, 1988-
Creator: Wilson, Homer
Dates: 2014 June 25
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/361/AOHP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Homer Wilson was born on May 22, 1946 and grew up in Madison County. He earned a certificate in forest from Fort Valley State College. In this interview, he discusses how he began working in his father’s barbershop, Wilson’s Styling Shop, in downtown Athens, Georgia. He talks about helping found the Hot Corner Association to share the history of the Hot Corner business district and promote minority entrepreneurship in downtown Athens.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Homer Wilson was born May 22, 1946, in Colbert, Georgia. He grew up in Madison County and attended school at Waggoners Grove Baptist Church and Southside School. In 1960, while still in high school, Wilson began cutting hair in the barbershop where his father worked in downtown Athens, Georgia. Wilson went on to earn a certificate in forestry from Fort Valley State College. He returned to Athens to work as a barber for his father’s business, Wilson’s Styling Shop, and eventually took over as owner. In 2000, Wilson and his father helped found the Hot Corner Association to share the history of the Hot Corner business district, where Wilson’s Styling Shop is located. The organization also seeks to promote minority entrepreneurship in downtown Athens.

Scope and Content

Wilson discusses his early life and education in Madison County, Georgia. He talks about former businesses in downtown Athens, Georgia, and the area known as Hot Corner, a historically black business district at the intersection of Hull Street and Washington Street. Wilson describes his family’s support of the local civil rights movement and his personal encounters with racism and white supremacists. He discusses the establishment of Wilson’s Styling Shop and Wilson’s Soul Food on Hull Street. He talks about working as a barber and the role of the barbershop in the community. He comments on the creation of the Hot Corner Association and his goals for the future of downtown Athens.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

The Athens Oral History Project was initiated in 2014 to document modern Athens history, roughly from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Interviews cover topics such as neighborhoods and communities in Athens, civil rights demonstrations, African American history, as well as personal histories of narrators.

Preferred citation

Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 004, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2016.


Related Materials

Access Points

African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia.
Audiovisual.
Oral histories.

Related Collections in this Repository

Athens Oral History Project


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

AOHP 004 Homer Wilson audio and interview index in OHMS, 2014 June 25 (Extent: 67.0 minutes ) Access Online