Aikens, Julia Eva Jackson(born: 1901 - died: 1993)
In 1959, Julia Aikens became the first African American switchboard operator at the U.S. Post Office in South Bend, IN. Born in Hancock County, KY, she was the daughter of Fannie Johnson and Jerry W. Jackson. Julia Jackson married Arthur Aikens; the couple moved to South Bend, IN, in 1946. Julia Aikens was a graduate of Knox Beauty College and Grigg's Business School in Chicago. She had owned a beauty shop. Aikens also served as a WAAC and a WAC during World War II, enlisting March 23, 1943, in Columbus, OH. For more see the Julia Aikens' entry in The Black Women in the Middle West Project, by D. C. Hine, et al.; and the Julia E. Aikens Collection at the Northern Indiana Historical Society.