Hilton Murray was born in Luverne, Alabama. Shortly after World War II his father decided that southern Alabama was too inhospitable for African Americans and joined the Second Great Migration, ultimately settling in Elyria, Ohio, to raise a family. After graduating from Elyria High School, Murray attended Kent State University and Cooper School of Art. After graduate school in advertising, he worked at WKYC TV-3 and WJW TV-8 in Cleveland. Much of the interview focuses on his difficulties as an African American man in a mostly white field. He also describes difficulties obtaining an apartment in Cleveland Heights as a result of his race.
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"Hilton Murray Interview, 21 June 2013" (2013). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 990029.