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Atlanta civil rights leader, businessman dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Jesse Hill Jr., a local businessman and a leader in the civil Rights Movement, has died at the age of 86.

Hill was born in St. Louis and served on the board of directors for a diverse set of companies and nonprofits. He joined the Atlanta Life Insurance Company as an actuarial assistant and became the first African-American president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, now called the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

In 1960, Hill and other civil rights leaders founded the Atlanta Inquirer, a newspaper created to serve the city's African-American community. He served as publisher until 1985.

Inquirer Deputy Editor David Stokes says Hill's wife contacted the paper with news of his death Monday.

Information on funeral arrangements and the cause of Hill's death was not immediately available.

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