Archie Walter Willis Jr.

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Archie Walter Willis Jr.
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Born(1925-03-16)March 16, 1925
Birmingham, Alabama
DiedMarch 1988 (aged 62–63)
  • Lawyer
  • Businessman

Archie Walter Willis Jr. (March 16, 1925 - 1988) was a lawyer, businessman, and state representative in Tennessee. He was the first African American elected to state office in Tennessee in more than 70 years.[1] He moved to Memphis in 1953 and helped establish the city's first integrated law firm.[2] Part of Auction Avenue in downtown Memphis is named in his honor.[2]

He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. The A. W. Willis Bridge is named for him.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Willis Jr., Archie Walter "A. W." Tennessee Encyclopedia".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Archie Walter "A.W." Willis, Jr".

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