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Henderson, Evelyn Mildred Tyler

(born: February 10, 1905  -  died: April 8, 2014) Evelyn M. Tyler Henderson was an educator and a librarian from Winchester, KY. She was the daughter of Dr. John H. and Eva Chalmers Tyler. The family of four lived at No.6 Burns Avenue. According to her online obituary from The Chicago Sun Times , Evelyn M. Tyler was a graduate of Wilberforce Academy High School and Wilberforce College [now Wilberforce University]. In 1925, she was Miss Wilberforce. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta, and graduated cum laude in 1926. The following year, 1927, she married Horace Henderson (1904-1988), a big band musician and the younger brother of jazz pianist Fletcher Henderson. Evelyn and Horace had a daughter, her name is Theresa Henderson Burroughs. 

Evelyn M. Tyler Henderson earned her Master of Science in Library Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was a teacher in Cairo, IL, then returned to Kentucky to teach at Oliver High School in Winchester starting in 1933. She organized the school library, and with her sister Roberta Tyler Masterson, they started the Travel Club that allowed students to visit locations in Kentucky and a few major cities in other states. In 1955, Evelyn Henderson left Oliver School and was hired as the librarian and Latin teacher at Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY. She later employed at Lexington Junior High School. Evelyn M. Tyler Henderson retired from teaching in 1972 after 42 years of service.

She was a member of Clark United Methodist Church located at 152 W. Broadway Street in Winchester, KY. The church was formerly Clark Chapel AME and was formed around 1870. In 1992, Evelyn Henderson wrote and presented to the church Precious Memories: a history of Clark United Methodist Church, [1870-1991]. A short time later, Evelyn Henderson moved to Chicago where she lived with her daughter.  

*This entry was submitted by Suzanne Cordery.

ADDITIONAL SOURCES: C. G. Fraser, "Horace Henderson, 83, a pianist and arranger for the jazz greats," The New York Times, 09/16/1988; see Oliver Street Colored School in the NKAA entry African American Schools in Clark County, KY; see the NKAA entry Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY); H. Enoch, "Clark County's early African-American churches," Winchester Sun, 07/07/2017 (online); see also Dr. John H. Tyler, window sash patent #992,393 in the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, v.166, no.1, May 2, 1911, p.608.

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NKAA Source: Chicago sun-times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Precious memories: a history of Clark United Methodist Church
NKAA Source: Official gazette of the United States Patent Office
NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)

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