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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1915
Birth Location:
Georgetown, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1915
Birth Location:
Georgetown
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Biography

Educator Florida Jackson Yeldell lived out her father's dream in her life and career. Born in Georgetown, South Carolina, on January 2, 1915, Yeldell grew up in the town until she went to boarding school at Morris College at age fifteen. Yeldell remained until she earned her A.B. in English from the school in 1936 before moving to Andrews, South Carolina, where she taught fifth- and sixth-graders for two years.

Yeldell's father, a mail carrier, told his daughter of dreaming about returning to school to study history, which fascinated him because their Georgetown neighborhood was particularly rich in it. During the Great Depression, Yeldell did just that, receiving a scholarship from the National Youth Administration to study history at Howard University, where she earned an M.A. in 1941. She worked for the government during World War II and then embarked on a long career teaching at colleges in Texas. She first taught social studies at Butler College and taught U.S. history at Jarvis Christian College and Texas College. Yeldell finally settled down at Prairie View A&M, where she taught courses in Western civilization, U.S. history and social studies until retiring in 1979. Even after retiring, she continued to teach, working at Houston Community College, and lived in Texas for ten years before returning to her childhood home of South Carolina.

In retirement, Yeldell keeps active by volunteering to teach history. She gave guided tours at Brook Green Garden and worked with the Friends of the Library. Under the aegis of the Senior Scholars, Yeldell and David Drayton, principal of the last black-only school in Georgetown County, began teaching a course on the history of blacks in Georgetown County. For her work in teaching the history her father loved, Yeldell has been honored by Coastal Carolina University.

Yeldell passed away on May 25, 2006, with one son, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Florida Yeldell lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Florida Yeldell talks about her great-grandfather's experience as a slave on the Hagley rice plantation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Florida Yeldell describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Florida Yeldell describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Florida Yeldell describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Florida Yeldell describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Florida Yeldell describes her childhood experience as the only black family in her neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Florida Yeldell describes her segregated neighborhood in Georgetown, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Florida Yeldell describes her segregated neighborhood in Georgetown, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Florida Yeldell talks about her teachers at The Howard School in Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Florida Yeldell talks about enrolling at Morris College boarding school in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Florida Yeldell talks about her experience at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Florida Yeldell talks about her experience at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Florida Yeldell describes the courses she enjoyed at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Florida Yeldell describes her experiences learning about African American literature at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Florida Yeldell describes social life at Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Florida Yeldell describes her interest in becoming a journalist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Florida Yeldell describes her enrollment at Howard University in 1938
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Florida Yeldell describes enrolling in a history graduate program at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Florida Yeldell describes her history professors at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Florida Yeldell describes the history of slavery in Georgetown County, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Florida Yeldell describes the history of slavery in Georgetown County, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Florida Yeldell describes the history of Georgetown County, South Carolina during Reconstruction
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Florida Yeldell describes the beginning of her career as a professor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Florida Yeldell describes her career as a professor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Florida Yeldell describes the highlights of her teaching career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Florida Yeldell talks about some of her favorite figures in American history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Florida Yeldell shares her view on focusing on the positive aspects of history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Florida Yeldell shares her view on focusing on the positive aspects of history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Florida Yeldell reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Florida Yeldell describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Florida Yeldell narrates her photographs