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The Honorable Edith Ingram

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Interview Date

January 25, 2006

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
County Probate Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fishing
Favorite Quote:
The Bottom Rail's Gonna Come To The Top.

Birthplace

Born:
1/16/1942
Birth Location:
Sparta, Georgia

Interview Date

January 25, 2006

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
County Probate Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fishing
Favorite Quote:
The Bottom Rail's Gonna Come To The Top.

Birthplace

Born:
1/16/1942
Birth Location:
Sparta
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Biography

Judge Edith J. Ingram was born on January 16, 1942 in Sparta, Georgia to Katherine Hunt and Robert T. Ingram. She attended East End Elementary School and L.S. Ingraham High School. She moved in briefly with her Aunt Mae in New York City after high school and enrolled in Manhattan Medical School, but moved back to Georgia in 1960 where she earned her B.S. degree in education from Fort Valley State College in 1963.

Ingram taught at Moore Elementary School in Griffin, Georgia and at Hancock Central High School, which was established by her father and maternal grandfather. After five years of teaching, her father, the only African American on the Hancock County School Board, prompted her to run for a judgeship. In 1969, Ingram became the first African American female judge in Georgia and upon being elected to serve on the Hancock County Court of the Ordinary. In 1973, she moved to the county’s probate court, making her the first African American female probate judge in the United States. She served as probate judge for thirty-six years, presiding over wills, marriages, misdemeanors, felonies and civil disobedience cases. In 1983, Ingram was appointed to serve as a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee by President Jimmy Carter (then Governor of Georgia) and Lieutenant Colonel Ade De Camp. That same year, she was also appointed to the Governor’s Staff by then Governor Joe Frank Harris. She retired from the bench in 2004.

Ingram was active in the Sparta community and was a member of the Georgia Association of Probate Judges, the Hancock Chapter of the Georgia Coalition of Black Women where she was president, the National College of Probate Judges, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Hancock Women’s Club, the Hancock County NAACP, and the Democratic Club. She also served on the board of the Ebony International Learning Academy and Preparatory School. She is also the recipient of the Higher Education Award, and was profiled in the book Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events.

Ingram passed away on June 5, 2020.

Edith Jacqueline Ingram was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 25, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Edith Ingram's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edith Ingram lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls her maternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her childhood in Sparta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers her grandmothers making homemade whiskey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her family's traditional foodways
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers her favorite teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers her schools in Sparta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers her family's chores
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls preparing hogs to eat with the community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers L.S. Ingraham High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes holidays in her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers L. S. Ingraham High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edith Ingram lists her siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers her brief education in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls attending Fort Valley State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls her first teaching jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes the Fort Valley State College dormitories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls vesper and her classes at Fort Valley State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls the Fort Valley State College dress code
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers pledging Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers student teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls her mother's adoption of an orphaned girl
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her life after graduating college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes the changes in Sparta's education system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls her decision to run for probate judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls African Americans' disenfranchisement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers her family resisting the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls the incumbent probate judge, Helen Miller
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls being the sole black official in Hancock County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls her reception as probate judge
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers organizing African American voters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls being repeatedly accused of voter fraud
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edith Ingram explains how her faith gave her strength
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edith Ingram lists her honors and influential connections
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls memorable moments as a probate judge
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls facing racism as a probate judge
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls her retirement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edith Ingram reflects upon her father's influence on her
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edith Ingram remembers Sparta, Georgia's arms race
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls how black domestics helped her win elections
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Edith Ingram recalls fighting for school desegregation in Sparta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes the officials who succeeded her
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her relationship to the people of Sparta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Edith Ingram explains why she wanted to share her story
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Edith Ingram reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Edith Ingram offers advice to aspiring judges and educators
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Edith Ingram describes her legacy and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Edith Ingram narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Edith Ingram narrates her photographs, pt. 2