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Lois Conley

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Museum Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ghana
Favorite Quote:
God Will Provide.

Birthplace

Born:
7/29/1946
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Museum Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ghana
Favorite Quote:
God Will Provide.

Birthplace

Born:
7/29/1946
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Museum chief executive Lois Diane Conley was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 29, 1946. Conley was born to Leo and Emma Conley, as the second oldest of eight children. Conley attended St. Louis’s Waring Elementary School and Vashon High School. After graduating from high school in l964, Conley attended Saint Louis University where she earned her B.A. degree in communications and her M.A. degree in education.

While researching the black history of St. Louis, Missouri, Conley discovered that notable African Americans, like Madame C.J. Walker and Miles Davis influenced St. Louis history. She became inspired to memorialize their impact and went back to school for museum studies. Conley earned a graduate certificate in museum studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2001 and founded The Griot Museum of Black History and Culture, the second African American history wax museum in the country. The museum was initially named the Blackworld History Wax Museum, and has since gone through several names before settling on The Griot Museum of Black History and Culture. Under Conley's leadership the museum's exhibitions have expanded beyond just wax sculptures to include a slave ship replica.

Conley has received several awards and honors consisting of the Young Women’s Christian Association “Special Leader Award,” the Older Women’s League “Women of Worth Award,” the Coalition of 100 Black Women’s "Village Builders’ Award" and the Monsanto Y’s "Zealot Award."

Lois Conley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 19, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lois Conley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lois Conley describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lois Conley remembers her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lois Conley describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lois Conley talks about her mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lois Conley describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lois Conley describes her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lois Conley describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lois Conley describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lois Conley describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lois Conley describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lois Conley describes the radio and television programs of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lois Conley remembers the residents of Mill Creek Valley in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lois Conley recalls her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lois Conley remembers her father's attitudes about race
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lois Conley describes her early interest in art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lois Conley remembers her elementary school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lois Conley recalls her early academic interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lois Conley remembers Vashon High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lois Conley describes her early mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lois Conley talks about her college experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lois Conley describes her early career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lois Conley reflects upon the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lois Conley remembers the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lois Conley remembers the black topographical research center in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lois Conley describes her early education in African American history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lois Conley recalls her collection of African American memorabilia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lois Conley talks about the historical figures from St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lois Conley talks about the historical figures from St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lois Conley recalls founding The Black World History Wax Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lois Conley recalls founding The Black World History Wax Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lois Conley remembers the development of The Black World History Wax Museum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lois Conley recalls acquiring a facility for The Black World History Wax Museum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lois Conley describes the early exhibits at The Black World History Wax Museum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lois Conley talks about the process of making a life sized wax figure
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lois Conley describes the acquisitions process at The Black World History Wax Museum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lois Conley remembers Percy Green II and Curt Flood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lois Conley talks about her challenges at The Black World History Wax Museum
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lois Conley describes the events at The Black World History Wax Museum in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lois Conley recalls the history of The Black World History Wax Museum's facility
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lois Conley talks about the exhibits at The Black World History Wax Museum
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lois Conley describes her hopes for the black community in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lois Conley reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lois Conley reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lois Conley talks about her daughter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lois Conley describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lois Conley narrates the Josephine Baker exhibit at The Black World History Wax Museum