Elwood Hill born in 1948 at Whittaker Memorial Hospital and has lived in the Newport News area most of his life. As a child, Hill lived in the Newsome Park community with his parents and two older sisters until he was seven; then he and his family moved into the home his father purchased across the street in Jefferson Park. Following graduation from Newport News’ Carver High School in 1966, Hill attended college at Hampton Institute (later Hampton University), where he played football and was in the ROTC program. After graduating from Hampton in 1970, he joined the United States Army and was stationed overseas in Germany during the Vietnam War. On return to the United States, Hill lived in New York City for a few years before returning to Newport News, where he has lived ever since.
-Interview and biographical information recorded in 2015