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Thekla Mitchell: Thekla White was born in 1921 in Newport, Arkansas, the youngest of nine siblings. At age 22, she traveled to Ann Arbor to visit her sister. After getting a job at Cunningham’s Drug Store, she decided to stay. She worked at the University of Michigan Hospital as a nurses’ aid and laboratory assistant in the Pathology Department for 24 years. Known as “Dimples” to friends and family, Mrs. Mitchell was active in community organizations including the Ann Arbor Civic Club and the Order of the Eastern Stars.
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Hortense Howard was born in Bloomington, Illinois in 1927. Soon afterwards, her family moved to Ann Arbor, where she and her sisters became known as the “Bacon Sisters” for their choral performances at sorority houses and other venues. Ms. Howard attended a music school in Detroit because she “wanted to sing like Sarah Vaughan,” and she met many African American singers while working at the Gotham Hotel. She ran her own daycare, Sitters Unlimited Family Day Care, in Ann Arbor for twenty years.
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Shirley Beckley was born on July 30, 1942. She was raised by her mother on Wall St. and attended Jones School, Mack School, and Bach Schools in Ann Arbor. Shirley started as a housing manager for the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, later becoming housing director in Lansing and Muskegon. She reminisces about working at Jacobson’s, dances at the Dunbar Center, businesses on Fourth Avenue and Ann Streets, and tense racial incidents in the schools. Shirley continues to be deeply involved in social justice issues at the local level.
Ann Arbor News, January 30, 1948
Aids Polio Drive With Roosevelt Dimes: David Lumbard (left) seven years old, a second grade Tappan School student, admires a few of the Roosevelt dimes Robert Thompson, 10, an Eberbach fifth grader, has contributed to the March of Dimes drive for the fight against infantile paralysis. Bob started his collection a year ago and this week handed in $5 in Roosevelt dimes for the campaign which was originated by the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, himself a polio victim. David takes a special interest in the collection as he, too, is a victim of infantile paralysis and his father, Robert A. Lumbard of 1319 Wells St., is city chairman for the 1948 dimes drive which ends today. Bob's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Thompson of Morton Ave. Those wishing to help in the drive may still send their contributions to Ann Arbor Post Office Box No. 278.