Huntington, WV Black History

MaRia Hill

Director/A. D. Lewis Center

MaRia Hill is the executive director of the A.D. Lewis Community Center.

She has been a resident of Huntington for most of her life and graduated from Huntington High School. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Legal Studies from Marshall University.   

Hill has worked for the City of Huntington for almost 21 years and decided to follow in her father’s footsteps, as the director of the A.D. Lewis Community Center. She was first woman to hold this position.

Hill learned from her father that giving of oneself is crucial in her profession. She has been instrumental in obtaining housing, clothing, food and appliances for those who request her assistance.

She is active in various entities throughout the community to make Fairfield viable. She serves as a member of the of the United Way board of directors, Marshall University -Yeager Scholars board of directors and is chairwoman of the Fairfield Community Development Corporation. She is a member of the Fairfield Alliance, NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and GOD’s House of Prayer and Praise. 

Her concern for everyone frequenting the A. D. Lewis Center mirrors that of her father, Thomas Hill. She reinstituted the Thanksgiving Dinner at the Center. Her desire to make Christmas merry for as many children as possible is the driving force for her. Each year, through donations, she distributes gifts to the patrons of the Center and those who are less fortunate. 

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