From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Hall, Lillian Childress

(born: 1889  -  died: 1958) 

Born in Louisville, KY, Lillian Hall became the first African American librarian in Indiana and, in 1915, the first admitted to the Indiana State Library School. She was the librarian at the Cherry Street Branch Library in Evansville (1915-1921), the Dunbar Branch Library in Indianapolis (1921-1927), and the Attucks Branch Library, beginning in 1927.

For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1933-37; and Who's Who in Library Service. A biographical directory of professional librarians of the United States and Canada, 3rd ed., edited by D. E. Cole.

*The following update was provided by Michele Fenton.

Lillian Childress Hall retired from Attucks in 1956. She passed away on April 23, 1958 in Indianapolis, IN and buried in Crown Hill Cemetery there. She was the mother of William H. Childress, Jr. (her son with her first husband, William Childress),  who served in the Kentucky General Assembly. Sources: Indianapolis Star, April 25, 1958, p. 23 ("Mrs. Hall Succumbs; Ex-Attucks Librarian"); Library Journal, vol. 83, no. 12, p. 1895; and  Who's Who in Colored America (1950).

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