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Glennette Tilley Turner

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher
Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Underground Railroad Locations
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1933
Birth Location:
Raleigh, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher
Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Underground Railroad Locations
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1933
Birth Location:
Raleigh
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Biography

Educator and historical researcher Glennette Tilley Turner was born November 23, 1933 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her mother, Phyllis, was a teacher, and her father, John, was the first executive director of the SCLC. As a child, Turner moved several times with her family, first to Florida, and then to Illinois. After graduating from high school, she attended Lake Forest College, earning her B.A. in 1955, and she later returned to school at Goddard College to earn her master’s degree in 1977.

After earning her bachelor’s degree, Turner first went to work in advertising, but made the switch to education in 1962. That year, she was hired by the Chicago public school system, and she remained there for four years. In 1966, Turner went to work for the Maywood-Melrose Park public schools, and in 1968, she began teaching in the Wheaton-Warrenville public schools. She remained there for the next twenty years. Today, Turner supervises student teachers at National-Louis University.

In addition to her work as a teacher, Turner is a historian, and has focused much of her research efforts on the Underground Railroad. Her first book, The Underground Railroad in DuPage County, Illinois, was published in 1978, and since then she has continued to write and conduct research. Most recently, she has published The Underground Railroad in Illinois. Turner has also written collections of biographies of notable African Americans, and she serves as an advisor to the National Park Service, where she helps plan programs for the national historic Underground Railroad trail.

Turner lectures widely on the history of the Underground Railroad, and she has been honored numerous times both as an educator and historian. She is the recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Award, the Alice Browning Award from the International Black Writers Conference, and she is a member of numerous historical organizations.

Turner and her husband have two grown children. They reside in Illinois.

Glennette TIlly Turner was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 12, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Glennette Tilley Turner's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Glennette Tilley Turner lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Glennette Tilley Turner talks about her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her maternal ancestors' experiences in Holt County, Nebraska
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Glennette Tilley Turner explains how her maternal great-grandfather abandoned his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Glennette Tilley Turner shares stories from her mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her mother's experiences growing up in Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her mother's role model Colonel Otis B. Duncan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes one of her mother's experiences with racism growing up in Springfield, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her mother's decision to attend college and how her parents met in North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Glennette Tilley Turner talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes a paternal great uncle's attempt to be seated in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her paternal uncle's run for reelection in the North Carolina state legislature
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her father and grandfather's skill at accounting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes Robert Glenn's enslavement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes Robert Glenn's reunion with his family and name change
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her father's background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her father's familiarity with Frederic H. Hammurabi Robb
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Glennette Tilley Turner talks about Frederic H. Hammurabi Robb
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her father's activities at the University of Chicago in the late-1920s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her earliest childhood memories of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Glennette Tilley Turner recalls visiting family in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Glennette Tilley Turner remembers her close friend and tattling on a classmate at Crosby-Garfield School in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Glennette Tilley Turner recalls moving to St. Augustine, Florida and listening to her father's stories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her father's relationships with African American academics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her father's involvement in the Voting Rights Campaign in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Glennette Tilley Turner explains how her father was invited by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her father's familiarity with notable African American ministers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her maternal grandmother's pull toy invention
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Glennette Tilley Turner lists the schools she attended
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes moving to Aurora, Illinois for high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her experiences living with an elderly couple in Aurora, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Glennette Turner describes writing experiences at West Aurora High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her social life during high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her graduation from West Aurora High School in 1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her teachers at West Aurora High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Glennette Tilley Turner explains why she decided not to attend Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her experiences at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes entering and winning a nationwide poetry competition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes developing her interest in teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Glennette Tilley Turner recalls writing advertising copy in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes attending school in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Glennette Tilley Turner lists the schools in which she taught in Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her initial interest in researching the Underground Railroad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes pursuing her master's degree through Goddard College's external degree program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Glennette Tilley Turner explains how she published her first children's book 'Surprise for Mrs. Burns'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Glennette Tilley Turner recalls self-publishing her booklet 'The Underground Railroad in DuPage County, Illinois'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes the history of the Underground Railroad in DuPage County and Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes abolitionists and freedom seekers of the Underground Railroad in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes the history of Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes the history of Quinn Chapel AME Church in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes Richard and George DeBaptiste
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes 'Running for Our Lives'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes 'The Underground Railroad in Illinois'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Glennette Tilley Turner considers the tradition of self-publishing for African American authors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes being chosen to serve on the Underground Railroad Advisory Committee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Glennette Tilley Turner reflects upon important events in the history of the anti-slavery movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Glennette Tilley Turner reflects upon the lack of information about radical white abolitionists and politicians
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes the importance of sharing stories about the Underground Railroad
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her current work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes interviewing Harriet Tubman's great-niece
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes her parents' support for her work and her father's work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Glennette Tilley Turner reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Glennette Tilley Turner reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Glennette Tilley Turner describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Glennette Tilley Turner narrates her photographs