From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Wilson, Edith Goodall

(born: 1896  -  died: 1981) 

Born Edith Goodall in Louisville, KY, she would marry piano player Danny Wilson. She left Kentucky for northern locations to pursue a career of singing and acting. Edith Goodall Wilson became a blues singer who was first recorded in 1921. She was the third African American woman to make phonographic records. She acted on radio programs, appeared on stage and in films, and was featured in cookie advertisements as 'Aunt Jemima.' Edith Goodall Wilson was the daughter of Susie A. Goodall. In 1910, the family of six lived on 5th Street in Louisville along with three lodgers [source: U.S. Federal Census]. For more see the Lexington Herald Leader, 09/18/03, p. E2; American National Biography, by J. A. Garraty and M. C. Carnes; and Edith Wilson, at African American Registry (AREG).

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NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: American national biography

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“Wilson, Edith Goodall,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 1, 2020, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/1342.

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