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Maycie Herrington

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker
Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Yams
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Let Me Live In A House By The Side Of The Road And Be A Friend To Man.

Birthplace

Born:
11/7/1918
Birth Location:
Raleigh, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker
Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Yams
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Let Me Live In A House By The Side Of The Road And Be A Friend To Man.

Birthplace

Born:
11/7/1918
Birth Location:
Raleigh
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Biography

Community volunteer and black history conservator Maycie Herrington was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 7, 1918, to Dicie and Thomas Copeland. She attended St. Augustine College for grade school and later Lucille Hunter School. Herrington graduated from Washington High School in 1936. She returned to St. Augustine's College, worked for her tuition and graduated with a B.S. in 1940. In 1943, during World War II, Herrington married former St. Augustine's College classmate, Aaron Herrington, who was soon sent by the army to Tuskegee, Alabama, for flight training.

Herrington quit her job as a bookkeeper with Mechanics and Farmers Bank and joined her husband in Tuskegee where she found employment with the Red Cross. In Tuskegee, Herrington became a familiar face to many of the Tuskegee Airmen. After the war, Herrington and her husband moved to Long Beach, California, where she found employment as a social worker with the Bureau of Public Assistance. There, she was assigned to work with the Long Beach Area Welfare Planning Council United Way, and to coordinate summer camps and Christmas activities. Herrington served in that capacity for more than thirty years. The emergency food assistance program in Compton that Herrington started is still in existence today.

Active in community affairs, Herrington was a member of the Long Beach Altrusa Club, the Long Beach County Grand Jurors' Association, and the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach. As a historical conservator, she was active in keeping the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen alive. One of Herrington's contributions was a set of Tuskegee Airmen trading cards. Each card includes a photo and biography of a Tuskegee Airman. These cards educate the public and help finance the Airmen's youth outreach programs. Herrington was the recipient of the Hannah G. Solomon Award, the Women Helping Women Award, the Rick Racker Woman of the Year Award, and the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award.

Herrington passed away on May 24, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Maycie Herrington's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Maycie Herrington lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Maycie Herrington describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Maycie Herrington describes her father's philosophy on discipline
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Maycie Herrington describes the culture of the farming community in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maycie Herrington describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maycie Herrington describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maycie Herrington talks about the gypsy culture in Raleigh, North Carolina and Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maycie Herrington describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maycie Herrington describes race relations in her childhood community of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Maycie Herrington talks about attending St. Augustine's Normal School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Maycie Herrington describes being bullied by her classmates for being light skinned
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Maycie Herrington talks about the teachers that influenced her as a student at Washington High School in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Maycie Herrington describes the effects of being forced to write with her right hand
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Maycie Herrington describes farming life and attending school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maycie Herrington describes how she paid for college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maycie Herrington describes her coursework at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maycie Herrington talks about the Delany family, a prominent African American family from Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maycie Herrington recalls her childhood home, as well as the first house her family purchased
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maycie Herrington describes her experiences attending St. Augustine's College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maycie Herrington describes her brother's experiences during the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maycie Herrington describes how her husband, Aaron Herrington, became a Tuskegee Airman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Maycie Herrington describes being hired as the secretary of the Director of the Red Cross in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Maycie Herrington talks about giving birth to her daughter Ann
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Maycie Herrington talks about working as a secretary to a U.S. Army physician
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Maycie Herrington talks about the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Maycie Herrington describes the discrimination Tuskegee Airmen stationed at Freeman Field in Seymour, Indiana faced
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maycie Herrington talks about moving to Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maycie Herrington describes her perception of California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maycie Herrington describes being hired to work as a social worker for then-Bureau of Public Assistance in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maycie Herrington describes her experiences working as a social worker for Department of Public Social Services in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maycie Herrington describes her experiences working as a resource coordinator for the Department of Public Social Services in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maycie Herrington describes an incident with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maycie Herrington describe her role as a social worker in helping her client obtain a driver's license, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maycie Herrington describe her role as a social worker in helping her client obtain a driver's license, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Maycie Herrington describes the Los Angeles County Grand Jury nomination and selection process
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Maycie Herrington talks about serving on the Los Angeles County Grand Jury
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Maycie Herrington talks about the Twilight Zone accident and subsequent criminal case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maycie Herrington talks about the John Belushi case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maycie Herrington describes the demographic makeup of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maycie Herrington describes a case involving a corrupt Los Angeles County judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maycie Herrington describes how she became involved with the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maycie Herrington describes her role in developing Tuskegee Airmen trading cards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maycie Herrington talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community and helping others
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Maycie Herrington talks about her civic involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Maycie Herrington talks about her parents and husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Maycie Herrington describes honors her husband, Aaron Herrington, received
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Maycie Herrington talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Maycie Herrington talks about the uniform and insignia of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Maycie Herrington narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Maycie Herrington narrates her photographs, pt. 2