Lucie Eddie Campbell
Composer, Educator and Activist
Born in Duck Hill, Mississippi, in 1885, the youngest of seven children, Lucie E. Campbell moved to Memphis and was educated in the Memphis public schools. She graduated as valedictorian from Kortrecht High School (later Booker T. Washington) where she taught for many years. Campbell earned degrees from Rust College and Tennessee AandI State College. A civil justice activist, Campbell also fought to redress the pay scale and benefit inequities for African-American teachers. She became President of the Tennessee Teachers Association and was a long-time leader of the National Baptist Choral Society.
As Music Director of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., she auditioned Mahalia Jackson and Thomas Dorsey. She was the first woman among early great” African-American gospel music composers, composing Something Within Me in 1919. She composed more than 100 such songs, including He'll Understand and Say Well Done (1933) and In the Upper Room (1947). Campbell died in Nashville on January 3, 1963. Her remains were buried in Memphis' Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 153.)
Location. 35° 7.659′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Booker T. Washington High School (a few steps from this marker); First Baptist Church, Lauderdale (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home (about 500 feet away); The Mount Nebo Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Bishop Charles Harrison Mason (approx. half a mile away); Mason Temple (approx. half a mile away); Owen College (approx. half a mile away); R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . . Great Women of History: Lucie Campbell-Williams by Courtney Lyons. (Submitted on September 25, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights •
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