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1937 Important African American Women Il Colored Chicago Photo For Sale
An original rare large photograph measuring approximately 8 1/16 x 10 1/16 inches. It is attached to hard cardboard frame backing which measures approximately 10 x 11 ¾ inches. It has some wear as pictured (one "dent" is pictured and there is another of similar size) but is of excellent photographic quality. Organized in 1899 and federated in 1900. In 1933, the association consisted of 65 IL clubs. In this picture, is Ms. Elizabeth Lindsay Davis, author of In Lifting As They Climb and The Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs: The History of the Order of the Eastern Star Among Colored People (African-American Women Writers, 1910-1940). From Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600 - 2000: Ms. Davis was born in Peoria County, Illinois, the eldest daughter of the late Thomas H. and Sophia Jane Lindsay, pioneer citizens of the State.She attended the small one-room school set apart for colored children until she had mastered all it had to offer; at the age of ten years she was sent to Princeton, where she graduated with high honors from the Bureau County High School, the first Township High School in the State; Mrs. Davis was the first of the only three members of our group to finish from this historical institution; the other two were her brother-in-law, the late Henry Clay Gibon, of Peoria and Mrs. Arminta Lowe Thomas of Princeton, now one of the public school teachers of Chicago.The public and high schools of Peoria were opened to all children a few years later irrespective of race or color through the influence of the late Hon. Robert G. Ingersoll, who was a warm friend of the Lindsay family.Mrs. Davis has never ceased to study since leaving school; she has specialized in sociology, psychology, racial history and social service.She is a tireless reader, keeping well informed on world events, and the best literature both ancient and modern; she was a successful teacher until her marriage in 1885 to William H. Davis of Frederick, Maryland.She has been an earnest worker in the church since early girlhood, and is now a faithful member of St. Mark's M. E. Church; she often says that she has filled every office in the church except that of a licensed minister.She is an ardent club woman having been identified with the club movement from its beginning; she has never missed a meeting of the National Association of Colored Women since its organization at Washington, D. C. in 1896; she served as national organizer for nine years, state organizer for six years, State President from 1910 to 1912, and is now the National and State Historian; her "Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs" from 1900 to 1922 is the first record of women's clubs that has been published in any state, and has proven a valuable reference book to the women of Illinois.She organized the Phillis Wheatley Woman's Club in March, 1896, and has held the office of President for 28 years; the greatest joy of her busy life is the Phillis Wheatley Home for Girls, founded in 1908 by the loyal members of the club. She is an intense lover of all young people, especially girls, and hundreds of them in every section of the country claim her as their adopted "Mother."Mrs. Davis has traveled extensively throughout the East, West, North and South, talking before clubs, churches and other organizations, and has written many well received articles for newspapers and magazines.She is a member of the Woman's City Club, and was one of the 27 graduates of its first citizenship training class in 1923; the Chicago Forum League of Women Voters, the Woman's Aid, Giles Charity Club, E. L. D. Study Club, the Service Club and takes great interest in state and national politics.Mrs. Davis possesses a fine well read library, and is a practical conscientious housewife faithfully ministering to the wants of her husband who has been her pal always, encouraging her efforts, sympathizing with her in dark hours of discouragement, rejoicing in her success, and co-operating with her throughout the long years of their happy married life.During the World War she was a hard worker in the state council of national defense, at its close receiving an honorable discharge from Washington for valuable services rendered to the government, also a certificate of appreciation from the Liberty Loan Department for the number of bonds she was instrumental in selling.Mrs. and Mrs. Davis are enthusiastically active in all civic, social, religious and educational affairs of the community, and have lived in Chicago since 1892.The honor accorded her by the National Y. W. C. A. to take part in the historic processional of 200 prominent women, who marched down the aisle of the beautiful Chapel in University of Chicago, in recognition of the "Leadership of Women" are special pages in life's memory book.
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