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Hall, Lillian Childress
Birth Year : 1889
Death Year : 1958
Born in Louisville, KY, Lillian C. Hall became the first African American librarian in Indiana and, in 1915, the first admitted to the Indiana State Library School. She was the librarian at the Cherry Street Branch Library in Evansville (1915-1921), the Dunbar Branch Library in Indianapolis (1921-1927), and the Attucks Branch Library, beginning in 1927. For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1933-37; and Who's Who in Library Service. A biographical directory of professional librarians of the United States and Canada, 3rd ed., edited by D. E. Cole.
*The following update was provided by Michele Fenton.
Lillian Childress Hall retired from Attucks in 1956. She passed away on April 23, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, also in Indianapolis. She was the mother of William H. Childress, Jr. (her son with her first husband, William Childress). William H. Childress, Jr. served in the Kentucky General Assembly. Sources: Indianapolis Star, April 25, 1958, p. 23 ("Mrs. Hall Succumbs; Ex-Attucks Librarian); Library Journal, v. 83, no. 12, p. 1895; Who's Who in Colored America (1950).
Subjects: Librarians, Library Collections, Libraries, Migration North
Geographic Region: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky / Evansville and Indianapolis, Indiana