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Willard L. Strickland papers

Identifier: aarl96-009

Scope and Content Note

This small collection contains mementoes given by Ms. Ethelrene Culbreath. Included in these items are photographs, programs, an acceptance speech, a handmade book mark and a news article on the "Atlanta Eight".


  • [ca. 1960]-1989


Restrictions of Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Historical Sketch

Willard Strickland, one of Atlanta's original eight black police officers, was born in the city he served on August 19, 1922. He attended Oglethorpe Elementary, Atlanta University Laboratory High School and Morehouse College before joining the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Strickland left the Atlanta Police Department in 1961 and joined the Decatur Police Department in 1964. He helped to integrate the Decatur Police Department and was there until 1969. Willard Strickland then relocated to Manhattan, New York where he worked for the United States Postal Service for twenty-two years. During his life Mr. Willard Strickland received several awards including an "Outstanding Service Award" given by the United States Postal Service and a "NAACP Honor Award" for outstanding contributions to the Atlanta Community. Mr Willard L. Strickland departed this life on November 1, 1989.


1.0 linear ft.




The papers date from the 1960s to 1989 and consist of photographs, news clippings, and memorabilia related to Willard L. Strickland's career as a police officer in Atlanta and Decatur, Georgia and his role integrating the Decatur Police Dept.


Arranged by type.


This small collection contains mementoes given by Ms. Ethelrene Culbreath.
Inventory of the Willard L. Strickland Papers aarl96-009 aarl96-009
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303