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Herod, Henry Louis and Elizabeth Frances

The Herods, Henry (1875-1935) and Elizabeth (1881-1953), were Kentucky natives: Elizabeth was born in Millersburg, and Henry may have been born there, also. The couple was married in 1899 and shared their home with Henry's 15-year old nephew on W. 13th Street in Indianapolis, IN, according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census.

Henry was pastor of Second Christian Church, later known as Light of the World Christian Church; he was pastor for 37 years, 1898-1935. He is credited with increasing the membership and developing educational and cultural importance among the church members and advancing community projects. He was Superintendent of the Indianapolis Flanner House from 1925-1935. He was a political leader in Indianapolis and served as secretary of the Interracial Committee of the Council of Social Agencies.

Henry L. Herod was a member of the First Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Nu. Henry was a graduate of the University of Indianapolis, Butler College, Department of Liberal Arts and Culture [now Butler University]. Elizabeth was also active in the community, serving as secretary and also president of the Indiana Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. She was active with the Indianapolis YWCA, serving as a delegate to the national convention in 1924.

For more see the Elizabeth Herod entry in "Kentucky Biographical Sketches" in Lifting as They Climb, by E. L. Davis; and "Indianapolis Y.W. representative to Buenos Aires here," The Indianapolis Star, 6/07/1924, p. 7. See Henry Herod in the Indiana Medical Journal, 1902, vol. 21, issue 1, p. 527 [available at Google Books]; and Indiana Blacks in the Twentieth Century, by E. L. Thornbrough and L. Ruegamer.

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NKAA Source: Lifting as they climb
NKAA Source: Indianapolis star (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Indiana medical journal (periodical)
NKAA Source: Indiana Blacks in the twentieth century

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