Byron Ashley Parker papers

Byron Ashley Parker papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Sellers, Bettie M.
Title: Byron Ashley Parker papers
Dates: 1986-2001
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet 1 box
Coll. Number: ms3189

Biographical/Historical Note

Bettie Sellers (1926-2013) was a noteworthy author, poet and literary advocate.

For further information, see the article "Bettie Sellers (1926-2013)" at New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Byron Ashley Parker, sentenced to death for the murder of Christy Ann Griffith in Douglas County, Georgia, was executed by lethal injection on December 11, 2001.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence between Byron Ashley Parker and Bettie M. Sellers from 1986-2001. Further correspondents include Byron’s parents and Karen Hall. The collection also includes poems written by Byron Parker, photographs of Parker with family and friends, newspaper clipping about executions in Georgia and Parker’s execution, and miscellaneous documents from Parker's legal appeal (some photocopies of original records) and memorial services.

Index Terms

Appellate procedure--Georgia.
Capital punishment--Georgia.
Death row inmates--Georgia--Correspondence.
Legal documents.
Lethal injection (Execution)--Georgia.
Parker, Byron Ashley, d. 2001
Prisoners' writings, American--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Byron Ashley Parker papers, ms3189, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1986-1992
2Correspondence, 1993
3Correspondence, 1994-1997
4Correspondence, 1998-2001
5Writings, 1987-1993
6Correspondence - undated
7Photographs, 1987-1998
8Clippings, 1987, 2001
9Final depositions and legal appeals, 2001
10Memorial Service, 2001