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Evangeline Hall

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Red
Favorite Food:
Crab
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Washington, D.C.
Favorite Quote:
Service Is The Price You Pay For Occupying Your Space On Earth.

Birthplace

Born:
9/6/1915
Birth Location:
DeLand, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Red
Favorite Food:
Crab
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Washington, D.C.
Favorite Quote:
Service Is The Price You Pay For Occupying Your Space On Earth.

Birthplace

Born:
9/6/1915
Birth Location:
DeLand
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Biography

Civil Rights activist Evangeline Jennings Hall was born September 6, 1915, in DeLand, Florida. Her mother, Minnie Brooks Jennings, was a schoolteacher before giving birth to her seven children. William Jennings, Evangeline Hall's father, worked three jobs every day to feed his family.

Hall (then Jennings) attended segregated schools, but does not remember experiencing racial tension. She had a gift for playing the piano, and served as her church's organist. Hall attended Bethune-Cookman College and, in her thirties, Hall and her husband moved to Bradenton, Florida and separated. Discovering Bradenton was terribly prejudiced, Hall and four other activists formed the Biracial Committee with the support of Mayor A. Sterling Hall. Mayor Hall worked to end some of Bradenton's Jim Crow laws, including separate water fountains, and swore that no lynchings would occur during his administration. Even with the mayor's assistance, however, the Committee was largely unable to integrate business establishments.

Evangeline Hall spent 47 years working in the insurance industry for Central Life Insurance. She became an agent and an assistant manager before becoming the company's first female African American manager. She was also the first black woman to serve as the president of the local Democratic Party. As a member of the League of Women Voters, Hall registered people to vote for many years. Mayor A. Sterling Hall awarded Evangeline Hall the key to the city in recognition of her accomplishments.

Hall passed away on July 30, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Evangeline Hall's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Evangeline Hall's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Evangeline Hall lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Evangeline Hall lists her parents, grandparents, and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Evangeline Hall describes her father and her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Evangeline Hall describes her household growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Evangeline Hall describes an early childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Evangeline Hall describes her neighborhood growing up with her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Evangeline Hall describes herself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Evangeline Hall talks about her school experiences at Euclid School in DeLand, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Evangeline Hall talks about her music teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Evangeline Hall talks about her elementary and high school teachers' influence on her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Evangeline Hall describes DeLand, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Evangeline Hall talks about her college experience and marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Evangeline Hall talks about her unhappy marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Evangeline Hall talks about the racism in Bradenton, Florida, in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Evangeline Hall describes her work for Central Life Insurance Company in Bradenton, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Evangeline Hall describes her work with the Bi-Racial Committee in Bradenton, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Evangeline Hall talks about her promotion to a management position at Central Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Evangeline Hall describes being in a leadership position as a black woman in business in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Evangeline Hall talks about founding the Bi-Racial Committee of Bradenton, Florida in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Evangeline Hall talks about the Civil Rights Movement and the black community in Bradenton, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Evangeline Hall talks about her role as a civic and business leader
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Evangeline Hall describes Bradenton, Florida after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Evangeline Hall describes her role as president of the Women's Democratic Party of Manatee County, Florida in 1976
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Evangeline Hall talks about working at Central Life Insurance as an underwriter and district manager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Evangeline Hall describes how her insurance background assisted the black community in Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Evangeline Hall talks about the community she worked for at Central Life Insurance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Evangeline Hall describes her civic involvement in South Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Evangeline Hall talks about her foster children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Evangeline Hall provides her views of the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Evangeline Hall reflects on the changes in her community since the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Evangeline Hall describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Evangeline Hall talks about registering voters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Evangeline Hall describes what she wants her legacy to be
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Evangeline Hall narrates her photographs