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Watson, Levina and William
Levina Watson (b.1864) was a mortician, the top student in the 1892 graduating class of the Clark School for Embalming, one of three African Americans in the class and the only woman. She would become the wife and assistant to William Watson (b.1857), a funeral home owner at 312 North Ninth Street in Louisville, KY. Their business was one of the three leading undertaking operations for African Americans in Louisville; the other two were owned by the Fox Brothers and J. H. Taylor. William and Levina Watson were married in 1894 [source: 1900 U.S. Census]. William Watson had opened the business in 1887 [source: A History of Blacks in Kentucky, M. B. Lucas, p.280]. William Watson was the son of Washington and Opehlia Watson [source: 1870 U.S. Census]. For more see "Mrs. Minnie Watson," in Noted Negro Women: their triumphs and activities, by M. A. Majors, p.346; and History of the United Brothers of Friendship and Sisters of the Mysterious Ten, by W. H. Gibson, Sr.
Subjects: Undertakers, Cemeteries, Coroners, & Obituaries
Geographic Region: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

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