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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Beauty Shop Owner
Beautician

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Favorite Quote:
Be Obedient To Your Parents

Birthplace

Born:
4/13/1898
Birth Location:
Luverne, Alabama

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Beauty Shop Owner
Beautician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Be Obedient To Your Parents

Birthplace

Born:
4/13/1898
Birth Location:
Luverne
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Biography

Beautician, beauty shop owner, painter, and sculptor Louisiana Hines was born on April 13, 1898, in Luverne, Alabama, to Callie and Ben Summerlin; both of her parents were born into slavery. Hines' father was a sharecropper, south of Montgomery, Alabama, in Crenshaw County, and her mother was a homemaker. Hines was the second of seven children who lived and worked on property where her family were sharecroppers.

Hines married the late Arthur Hines and moved to Avon Park, Florida. During the Great Migration of the 1930s and 1940s, the Hines family moved to Detroit, Michigan to seek better social and economic opportunities. Hines worked on airplanes as a riveter during World War II in 1946, before enrolling in Bee Dew Beauty College and receiving her beauty culture license in 1947. In 1948, Hines opened her own salon called L. Hines Beauty Shop in Detroit. Hines had a natural talent for clothing design and taught herself how to sew at an early age. She was an accomplished, self-trained seamstress, being able to make clothing without using patterns. Hines also found ways to express her creativity through painting and wood carving.

At over 113 years old, Hines maintains memberships in numerous civic and social community service groups, including Amvets Auxiliary, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Order of the Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliation and the Red Hat Society. Hines is one of two centenarians featured in two chapters of a book entitled "If I Live to be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians (2004)" by Neenah Ellis, which has been published in several languages. Hines resides in Detroit, where she is a member of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church and a member of the April Birth Month, All States Club, Hartford Women United and Mothers’ Board ministries.

Louisiana Hines was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 30, 2007.

Louisiana Hines passed away on February 1, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Louisiana Hines' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Louisiana Hines lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Louisiana Hines describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Louisiana Hines remembers her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Louisiana Hines describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Louisiana Hines talks about her family's farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Louisiana Hines describes her childhood home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Louisiana Hines recalls picking cotton
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Louisiana Hines remembers attending B. Branch School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Louisiana Hines lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Louisiana Hines remembers her teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Louisiana Hines recalls the lynching of her cousin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Louisiana Hines talks about moving to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Louisiana Hines recalls marrying Arthur Hines
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Louisiana Hines describes her job in Avon Park, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Louisiana Hines recalls learning to sew and cook
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Louisiana Hines recalls farming in Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Louisiana Hines describes her husband's occupation in Avon Park, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Louisiana Hines remembers moving to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Louisiana Hines recalls seeing a car for the first time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Louisiana Hines remembers opening L. Hines Beauty Shop in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Louisiana Hines describes her neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Louisiana Hines recalls working on planes during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Louisiana Hines remembers joining the Order of the Eastern Star
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Louisiana Hines recalls selling L. Hines Beauty Shop
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Louisiana Hines talks about her hobbies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Louisiana Hines describes Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Louisiana Hines remembers Detroit's three hundredth year anniversary celebration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Louisiana Hines reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Louisiana Hines remembers her mother's legacy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Louisiana Hines shares her advice to future generations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Louisiana Hines describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 2 Story: 17 - Louisiana Hines reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Louisiana Hines narrates her photographs