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The Honorable Vera Hall

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
There Is No Limit.

Birthplace

Born:
2/17/1937
Birth Location:
Bolton, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
There Is No Limit.

Birthplace

Born:
2/17/1937
Birth Location:
Bolton
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Biography

Vera P. Hall was born on February 17, 1937 in Bolton, North Carolina. Her mother was a homemaker and her father was a barber. As a child, Hall enjoyed reading and sewing, even creating her own patterns. She earned a diploma from Armour High School in Armour, North Carolina in 1955. While in school, she was a member of the Hobby and Glee clubs and worked as a school bus driver.

Upon graduation, Hall married her husband, Lawrence, while attending design school in Raleigh, North Carolina. While married with a young child she attended Coppin College and earned her B.S. degree in 1962. She worked as an educator in the Baltimore City public school system from 1962-1975. In 1963, Hall helped to integrate city schools when she was the first African American teacher assigned to an all white school in the city’s “Little Italy” community. During that time she became involved in Maryland state politics, and in 1972 she was appointed to the state central committee by former Maryland Governor, Marvin Mandell.

From 1975 until 1979, Hall worked as a reading specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education. In 1979, she was promoted to assistant superintendent of state schools; she held that post until 1983. Hall was successful in merging education and politics when she accepted a job as legislative liaison at Morgan State University from 1983-1992. While working at Morgan she successfully ran for a seat on the Baltimore City Council. Hall represented the city’s fifth district from 1987-1995. While serving on the council, she also held the position of vice chair of the Maryland Democratic Party from 1989-1992.

Hall made history in 1992 when she was elected as the first African American woman chair of a state democratic party, a position she won by just one vote. Three years later she unsuccessfully ran for Baltimore City Council President and lost by less than 5000 votes.

Hall is an avid quilter and seamstress. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Vera Hall's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Vera Hall lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her mother's background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her mother's background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her father's profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Vera Hall talks about her ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her sister, Barbara Webb Mott
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Bolton, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes living at her maternal grandmother's house during her elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her teachers at East Arcadia Elementary School in Riegelwood, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her middle school years attending schools in Bolton and East Arcadia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her experiences at Armour High School in Riegelwood, North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her experiences at Armour High School in Riegelwood, North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Vera Hall recalls driving a school bus at Armour High School in Riegelwood, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Vera Hall considers her early self-perception
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her trajectory following high school graduation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes Coppin State Teachers College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her activities at Coppin State Teachers College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her trajectory following Coppin State Teachers College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her decision to move to Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Vera Hall recalls her first teaching assignment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Vera Hall explains how she was chosen to integrate the teaching staff of an East Baltimore, Maryland school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her early teaching experiences at David E. Weglein Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her early teaching experiences at David E. Weglein Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Vera Hall explains her teaching philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her transition from education to politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes being nominated for the Democratic Party State Central Committee in Maryland, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes being nominated for the Democratic Party State Central Committee in Maryland, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Vera Hall recalls applying to work for Maryland State Department of Education's Project S.T.A.R.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Vera Hall recalls an incident with the superintendent for special education in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes applying to be the state relations director for Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her responsibilities as state relations director for Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Vera Hall recalls running for Baltimore City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her position in the Baltimore City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Vera Hall remembers her retirement from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Vera Hall remembers running for chairwoman for the Maryland Democratic Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her decision to run for chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her decision to run for chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes her standing as chairwoman on the Democratic Party in Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Vera Hall describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Vera Hall reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Vera Hall narrates her photographs