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Sallie White Stewart
Evansville, Indiana

A tireless activist and fundraiser, Sallie White Stewart was prominent in the formation of many organizations for the improvement of the state of Evansville blacks and other racial groups.

A graduate of Clark High School, Stewart became the Dean of Girls at Lincoln High School.

Stewart founded the Day Nursery Association which was staffed by volunteers and provided day care for black working mothers.

As an officer of the Inter-Racial Commission she strove to promote a better understanding and a more helpful relationship between the various racial groups living in Evansville, investigate the the physical, intellectual and social conditions under which the colored peopled lived, develop a program of service through material support, counsel, and cooperation with leaders of that racial group, keep the public informed upon such conditions that existed, and secure the necessary equipment to deal with such conditions.

Stewart was the chairperson of the "Health and Clean Up" movement which resulted in the creation of a facility for blacks at Boehne Hospital, and was a strong promoter of vocational education for black students.

She formed the City Federation of Colored Women Clubs and was secretary of Evansville's first chapter of the NAACP.

In 1930, Sallie White Stewart was named the president of the National Association of Colored Women.

The Evansville Boneyard - February, 2008

Photgraph courtesy of Special Collections, University of Southern Indiana

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