Barrow County Magistrate Judge Monica Hunter Durden was born and raised in Barrow County in the turbulent 1970s. However, Monica was fortunate enough to be brought up in a family who believed in hard work, love for family and giving back to the community. “My childhood was awesome,” she said. As one of the first black female judges to serve in Barrow County, Monica continues her family’s legacy, imparting wisdom and strong values for generations to follow.

Growing up, one of Monica’s greatest role models was her mother, Emma Hunter. “My mama had such an impact on my life and the reason I am the woman I am today,” she said.

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