Wilberforce in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Hallie Quinn Brown
Hallie Quinn Brown (c.1850) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to former slaves. She and her family moved to Wilberforce, Ohio in 1870, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University in 1873. Brown taught school in the South until her appointment as professor of elocution at Wilberforce University in 1893. A gifted elocutionist and author, Brown received national and international acclaim not only for her recitals and written works, but also for her passionate belief in civil rights and African American culture.
A founder of the National Association of Colored Women, Hallie Quinn Brown served as president of the NACW from 1920 to 1924. In a well-publicized address in May of 1925 before the International Council of Women's in Washington, D.C., Brown delivered a powerful, scathing speech against discrimination. She is the author of several books, including Bits and Odds: A Choice Selection of Recitations. As a result of her accomplishments and long affiliation with the Combined Normal and Industrial Department, President Charles H. Wesley named the first library at Central State University in her honor.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Cinergy Foundation, and The Ohio Historical
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 42.945′ N, 83° 52.666′ W. Marker is in Wilberforce, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Maplewood Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Hallie Q. Brown Library on the Central State University campus. Marker is in this post office area: Wilberforce OH 45384, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paul Robeson (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Galloway Hall (about 500 feet away); Central State University (about 800 feet away); Old Wilberforce University Campus at Tawawa Springs (approx. ¼ mile away); Albert Baker Football Practice Field (approx. ¼ mile away); Carnegie Library (1907) (approx. ¼ mile away); Kezia Emery Hall (1913) (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilberforce.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Education • Notable Persons •
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