Hops at the History Center - Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson and Author Claire Underwood Hertzler
Brought on in 1925 in Greene County, Georgia, police officer L.L. Wyatt was given the task to bring down the moonshine capitol of Georgia. Through his determination and fearlessness, Wyatt was credited with tearing apart the bootlegging enterprise and cleaning up the streets of east Atlanta. For over 50 years, L.L. Wyatt never stopped in his quest for enforcing the law and treating the citizens of Greene County with the utmost respect, and this sheer determination earned him legendary status throughout his time as a police officer and sheriff.
Please join us as we tune into a frank conversation with Claire Underwood Hertzler and Decatur’s Mayor Emerita Mary Elizabeth Wilson as they discuss growing up in Greene County under Sheriff Wyatt’s rule, including topics about race, law enforcement, and positive ways in which rural life can speak to today’s culture.
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Though this is her first book, Claire is uniquely qualified to write The High Sheriff of Greene as she grew up in the Wyatt culture of Greene County, GA. “There goes Wyatt and Taylor,” she remembers hearing as the sheriff whizzed by in a cloud of dust with his deputy. Claire has written the story of this legendary sheriff from over 30 oral interviews and numerous newspaper accounts. She has brought Wyatt alive again to those who knew him and for those who wished they had. In this little gem of a book, Claire Hertzler has preserved a story sure to captivate and inspire.
A blogger, Claire’s blog site: www.justclairefying.com deals with current issues, observations about living, and profiles of folks inspiring others.
Her other writings include the following published articles:
In addition to writing, Claire enjoys cooking, gardening, fashions, and travel. She holds degrees from Mercer University, Southwestern Seminary, and GA State University. She has professional experience in the fields of public education, Christian education, volunteer services administration, and non-profits. She was one of the first activists fighting human trafficking in Atlanta, an interest she maintains. She is active in the North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Claire enjoys living in Decatur, GA with her husband, Eugene. She especially enjoys the mornings they go for cappuccino at one of their favorite coffee shops in Decatur. And the Decatur Book Festival.
Claire delights in the people she has met on her author’s journey.
She is available to book clubs, book-signings, author panels, media interviews.
Claire Underwood Hertzler,
129 Mimosa Drive,
Decatur, GA 30030