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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Entrepreneur
Retail Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
December
Favorite Vacation Spot:
France
Favorite Quote:
Keep The Faith.

Birthplace

Born:
12/4/1912
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Entrepreneur
Retail Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
December
Favorite Vacation Spot:
France
Favorite Quote:
Keep The Faith.

Birthplace

Born:
12/4/1912
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
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Biography

Julie Hunter was born on December 4, 1912 in Jacksonville, Florida to dressmaker Mary Collins and post office superintendent Dez Corbett. She went on to become a successful businesswoman active in charitable organizations.

An energetic only child, Hunter (then Corbett) grew up playing every sport she could. Her parents separated when she was only seven. After her mother moved with her to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1920, Hunter never saw her father again. That year, Hunter tasted the thrill of performing when she recited a poem on stage. She moved back to Jacksonville, graduating from Stanton High School. Then she moved to New York City, where she remains. Musically talented, she worked as a singer in various theaters and nightclubs beginning in 1933, including a week at the Apollo Theater in 1938. Her husband, Edward Hunter, sadly died the next year and she stopped performing.

Hunter then became a representative for the U.S. Social Security Administration in 1941. She began to buy apartment buildings in 1950, and by 1965 she had secured the capital to open Julie Hunter Wines and Liquors. She left her position with the S.S.A. to manage this new business full-time. Although she retired from her liquor store in 1989, Hunter continues to own and manage her real estate business, which has expanded to include eight apartment buildings.

Hunter has been active in several civic groups, including the New York Continental Society, which she served as vice president and treasurer, and the Group, which holds annual benefits that have profited the United Negro College Fund and the Harlem School of the Arts, among other worthy recipients. Hunter was also active in ABC Black Charities as well as the Bon Bons, a social organization for which she served as president and treasurer.

Julie Hunter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 2, 2002.

Ms. Hunter passed away on October 9, 2009.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Julie Hunter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Julie Hunter lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Julie Hunter describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Julie Hunter describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julie Hunter describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Julie Hunter shares her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Julie Hunter describes her childhood in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Julie Hunter talks about moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Julie Hunter describes her childhood personality and aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Julie Hunter describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Julie Hunter talks about being active in Philadelphia's YWCA as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Julie Hunter talks about being involved in Philadelphia's social clubs during the 1920s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Julie Hunter describes her stay at the YWCA during her singing career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Julie Hunter talks about meeting her husband, Edward Hunter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Julie Hunter describes the 1920s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Julie Hunter describes the effects of the Great Depression on the early years of her marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julie Hunter talks about her grandmother and her family's legacy in Aiken, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julie Hunter describes the start of her singing career at Bernie's Supper Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julie Hunter talks about her love of performing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julie Hunter describes performing at the Club Harlem in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julie Hunter talks about the growth and decline of her singing career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Julie Hunter talks about the owners of the famous clubs she performed in
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Julie Hunter talks about Billie Holiday
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Julie Hunter talks about Moms Mabley
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Julie Hunter talks about Billy Daniels
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Julie Hunter describes how shows were produced in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Julie Hunter talks about working with Count Basie and Pearl Bailey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Julie Hunter describes performing at the Apollo Theater in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Julie Hunter explains how she felt about show business in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Julie Hunter describes the 1930s in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Julie Hunter talks about her husband's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Julie Hunter talks about ending her singing career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 17 - Julie Hunter talks about working for the Social Security Administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julie Hunter talks about her early interest in business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julie Hunter describes how she came to open Julie Hunter's Wines and Liquors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julie Hunter describes what motivated her to invest in real estate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julie Hunter talks about her earliest investment properties
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Julie Hunter describes the process of owning a liquor store in the 1960s in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Julie Hunter describes the challenges she faced owning Julie Hunter's Wines and Liquors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Julie Hunter talks about her civic involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Julie Hunter talks about well-known members of the Continental Society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Julie Hunter talks about the social and civic clubs she is involved in
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Julie Hunter describes her how her family perceived her career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Julie Hunter talks about prominent African American businesswomen 1960s and 1970s New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Julie Hunter talks about the success of Julie Hunter's Wines and Liquors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Julie Hunter talks about her business philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Julie Hunter talks about the importance of black business owners
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Julie Hunter talks about meeting her second husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julie Hunter describes her second marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julie Hunter remembers visiting Nat King Cole's home in California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Julie Hunter talks about her love for New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Julie Hunter talks about prominent and influential African Americans she admired
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Julie Hunter talks about the historical significance of her residence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Julie Hunter talks about her legacy and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Julie Hunter shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Julie Hunter reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Julie Hunter narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julie Hunter narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Julie Hunter narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Julie Hunter narrates her photographs, pt. 4