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Lilliette M. Council

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Volunteer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
When You and I Were Young, Maggie (song)

Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1902
Birth Location:
Laurens, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Volunteer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
When You and I Were Young, Maggie (song)

Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1902
Birth Location:
Laurens
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Biography

Civic volunteer Lilliette M. Council was born on October 18, 1902 in Laurens, South Carolina. Her father, John Henry Dial, was a brick mason for T. C. Windham, the wealthy black contractor who built Birmingham, Alabama’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Council sang in the church choir after her father moved the family to Birmingham in 1907. Council’s mother, Mary Lou "Tensacola" Young Dial, was part Native American and a homemaker. Starting at Birmingham’s Industrial High School, then attending Spelman High School in Atlanta, Georgia, Council eventually returned to Birmingham where she graduated from Brooks Academy in 1921.

In 1921, Council married and moved with her husband, William Hewlett, to Cleveland, Ohio. Council separated from her husband in 1931 and moved to New York City. Employed in the garment industry, Council joined the Union of Furriers Joint Council.

Council joined the American War Mothers during World War II and volunteered more than 5,000 hours at V.A. hospitals in the New York area until she was 92 years old. She has been an active member of the Brooks Memorial United Methodist Church where she was twice awarded Mother of the Year. She is a member of the Order of Cyrenes and the Euclid Chapter Number 48 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation.

Widowed twice, Council has seven grandchildren and lives in Jamaica Queens, New York.

Council passed away on September 19, 2011 at the age of 108.

Lilliette Council was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 3, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lilliette M. Council's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lilliette M. Council lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lilliette M. Council describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lilliette M. Council describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lilliette M. Council recalls her father's career as a bricklayer and butcher in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lilliette M. Council remembers attending Industrial High School and Brooks Academy in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lilliette M. Council remembers the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lilliette M. Council describes her childhood neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lilliette M. Council recalls her early childhood in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lilliette M. Council recalls attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lilliette M. Council describes her high school experience at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lilliette M. Council talks about her first marriage, moving to Cleveland, Ohio, and participating in Freemason organizations with her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lilliette M. Council describes the end of her first marriage, and her move to New York City, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lilliette M. Council describes the end of her first marriage, and her move to New York City, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lilliette M. Council remembers when a plane crashed into New York City's Empire State Building in 1945
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lilliette M. Council describes her participation in the Council for Negro Women and Brooks Memorial United Methodist Church in Jamaica, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lilliette M. Council talks about her second and third marriages
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lilliette M. Council describes her volunteer work with American War Mothers and her recreational pastimes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lilliette M. Council reflects upon her life and what she would do differently
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lilliette M. Council talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lilliette M. Council talks about her parents move to Jamaica, New York in the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lilliette M. Council reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lilliette M. Council describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lilliette M. Council narrates her photographs with her son, William Maynard Hewlett